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Moving Beyond Fear

November 16, 2018

Excellent food for thought, Jake!

Jake Owensby

In 2017 pollsters asked Americans what we feared most. Apparently, spiders did not make the list. In my book, that proves that Americans lie.

Dying barely made the top 50, trailing fear of reptiles (ranked 44) and sharks (41). Pollution of the air, of drinking water, and of natural bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and oceans occupy three separate spots in the top 10. 

Concern about health care costs and worry that we won’t have enough money to get by in the future ranked sixth and fifth, respectively. By far most people reported a fear of corrupt government officials.

This is telling. I don’t mean that the ranking of our fears is telling. I mean that fear is so pervasive that researchers routinely study it. In detail.

B11C481D-0045-49D5-B4AD-9CB4680D213BTons of us are afraid. Not episodically or in the face of an imminent threat. But habitually. A persistent nausea churns…

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