In a new poll, the NY Times and CBS along with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) /Religion News Service, collected information on American's perspective of the terrorist attacks.
Four years ago, only 53% told PRRI that terrorism was a critical issue. Now, it’s 75%.
About 2 in 3 of those surveyed (67%) called mass shootings a critical issue, and another 27% say it’s an important concern.
So, what should we do about this fear?
Step 1: Don't let it control you.
Step 2: Make it productive
I found some productive ways to channel that fear into something better...
Fear can often be debilitating, but research finds that most people have a "sweet-spot," a place where you can channel the fear to make you alert and motivated, but not so nervous that you're debilitated.
Alert and attentiveness to surrounds can help in emergency situations.
Don't let it separate us.
Dan Cox, director of the PRRI study made an important observation: “Despite the heated rhetoric we are hearing from people like Donald Trump,” Cox said, “the majority of the public (53%) are in favor of letting Syrian refugees come to the U.S. if they go through stringent security checking.” Among those who oppose this, a majority (57%) cited security fears.
Essentially: Those that fear more, do not want to help the Syrian refugees, they do not want to help.
In times like this, I turn to Mr. Rogers.