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Less personal threats are less concerning

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Apr 9, 2020 at 08:44

One would hope that the virus scare would shake people out of their complacency about other, more long-term threats like EMP or Islamism, but that may be asking too much. Even the most well-informed people tend to be more concerned about things which affect them immediately and personally. The virus falls into that category, as well as other imminent threats like natural disasters, wars or crime. That's why the news tends to focus on sensational domestic issues and generally ignores less dramatic events not immediately relevant to the audience. To be well-informed, one must access other sources, but that requires effort and curiosity.
Just look at what people are scarfing up in the stores: water and toilet paper are two of the most intimate and personally essential items, never mind that they have little bearing on the flu. When people feel threatened they curl up into a sort of metaphorical ball in order to protect themselves and reach for the familiar. Just underneath the surface we all just animals driven by our primitive survival instincts.
The challenge is to convince people that our survival, both physical and civilizational, depends on looking outside the immediate and obvious. A lot of trouble could have been avoided if more attention had been paid to the ideas and intent of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, but at the time, Nazism seemed like too distant a threat to worry about, hence the appeal of isolationism. Unfortunately, history could repeat itself.

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1Reportedly, the US govt already is directing resources to harden the grid against solar storms [142 words]Joel SteinkeMay 8, 2020 13:04258868
The answer is no and the reason is fear [34 words]Reality CheckMay 2, 2020 22:36258818
Event Horizons Have No Silver Linings [283 words]M ToveyMay 10, 2020 15:48258818
Allah has promised mankind: His Mercy! [40 words]Md. Shafiq M.Apr 14, 2020 12:44258576
1Our dear MD Shafiq is it true that Muhammad denied that there are contagious diseases and that we must blame Allah for Covid-19 pandemic? [345 words]dhimmi no moreApr 14, 2020 15:26258576
1Question for our dear Md Shafiq is it true that the Quran says that it is Allah must be the one who "wrote" the coronavirus for humanity? [164 words]dhimmi no moreApr 15, 2020 16:23258576
1Our dear Md Shafiq and so much for the eloquent Qur'an and Q3:175 is a linguistic disaster! [392 words]dhimmi no moreApr 16, 2020 08:55258576
1More questions for our dear Md Shafiq! [222 words]dhimmi no moreApr 16, 2020 10:05258576
1Acts of God [56 words]Michael SApr 17, 2020 03:58258576
1Our dear Md Shafiq: For your Allah's sake explain to us why the Arabs have no clue what the Qur'an is really saying and you claim to know! [350 words]dhimmi no moreApr 17, 2020 17:44258576
1Islam in the West and "Minority Rule"! The process of Islamization with or without Arabization [460 words]dhimmi no moreApr 13, 2020 09:21258559
5G technology, الشيخ علي جمعة and the wisdom of Islam! [67 words]dhimmi no moreApr 13, 2020 17:09258559
Slight correction re: "minority rule" [24 words]dhimmi no moreApr 14, 2020 11:47258559
1Learn from India [72 words]AnonApr 12, 2020 09:59258552
It ought to be said [39 words]anonApr 14, 2020 11:50258552
This, along with the 2008 crash, suggest a more robust system should be in place [205 words]AnonApr 11, 2020 20:25258544
Germany's trade surplus with nothing in return [172 words]mythApr 13, 2020 08:42258544
1Western civilization down the drain [49 words]mythApr 11, 2020 15:42258542
1who needs EMP? biological weapsons far easier [102 words]mythApr 11, 2020 15:34258541
We must change the way we do things [157 words]Ali BabaApr 11, 2020 13:47258538
HAEMP [68 words]Barry BlackApr 11, 2020 10:33258536
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Less personal threats are less concerning [245 words]DaveApr 9, 2020 08:44258510

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