Franklin D. The increase in focus on fear therefore coincides with a corresponding increase in the number of victims. I left it out of my post because it's not useful at this level of investigation, but some people might be curious.
Western wisdom about the control of our emotions goes back at least as far as the Stoics. However, he recognized one main thing keeping humans from achieving just that -- fear.
The study of fear and the other emotions is not the preserve of psychotherapists or professors of philosophy. Now that the Cold War and its ever present threat of nuclear annihilation have run their course, it seems that governments and their media mouthpieces are forever attempting to drum up new ways for the public to be kept afraid, and to increase funding for programs to seemingly combat the object to which this public fear has been directed towards.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. In this brief yet wide-ranging and insightful book, he argues convincingly that we need to replace the risk society with a culture of hope and trust. Wasp spray; pepper spray; martial arts; guns; walls; barriers; separation; preparation?
The authorities are constantly on guard when the fear of a phenomenon grows. To a great extent, 'risk' has become synonymous with 'danger'. The usual reaction to such threats is a cry for action, "This is outrageous, and something must be done!