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  •  So much of human behavior tends to be driven (5+ / 0-)

    By fear. It's why we have silly things called rules (what society calls laws). It's why we practice sane and calm behavior, working with each other. Even when we encounter a situation foreign to us, then, we trust that other professions are trained and practiced to handle it.

    Have you had a fire drill at school or work? And everyone complained it was a colossal waste of time, I bet. But they did it, and learned from it.

    On Monday, almost every doctor, nurse and firefighter interviewed referenced the drills they've done year after year. They weren't afraid. There were protocols and rules.

    The aircraft that landed on the Hudson a few years ago was prepared for landing by crew who put passengers in crash position, then emptied the aircraft according to drills they had done.

    The problem with RWNJs is that they believe deep down that rules, policies and regulations impede on their freedom. Drills steal their valuable time.

    So when something frightens them, they have nothing to fall back upon, no confidence in any system, and what you see is cognitive, emotional and moral panic.

    Of course, there are legitimate things to fear: layoffs, loss of home and  healthcare, etc. but these most often result these days when corporations fail to abide by the most basic rules of our society, the rules of fairness and decency.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 02:53:12 PM PDT

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