The world in which we live gives plenty of cause for fear. There is the lurking threat of terrorism, there are countries that hate the country in which I live who are trying to get weapons that could wipe out huge swaths of land, there are identity thieves and robbers and fraud and murderers and random acts of violence and … the list really does go on for days. The world provides me with ample ideas for things I can fear and, often enough, fear is the rational reaction to the things that are thrown up in front of me for consideration.
There is a problem with fear — several, in fact.
First, fear prompts one of two default responses: fight or flight. In the 21st Century world, neither of these is terribly productive against the sorts…
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