It’s time for us to all take a deep breath.
We are allowing fear to erode the very fabric of our nation.
Fear is a formidable emotion. It runs deeper than calmness, spreads quicker than happiness and is more powerful than love.
And fear is an emotion embraced by political and cultural leaders as their tool of choice to manipulate their agendas. Scare people and you can control the world.
But fear is often an irrational emotion that leads to overreaction and huge mistakes.
It was fear after 9-11 that led President Bush to make an irrational choice to declare a “war” on terrorism and invade Iraq, a move that helped destabilize the entire region. Rather than defeating terrorism, that decision — born of fear — led to the birth of more terrorists and the deaths of many American soldiers.
Today, fear is the fuel of the Donald Trump campaign for president.
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