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All's Fear
Fear is the mind-killer, they say, and it seems like we’re all half brain-dead these days.

There are the usual sets of phobias, of course. We all have our favorites. Fear of heights is a popular one. Snakes and spiders get their share of trepidation, too. And who doesn’t love the fear of personal inadequacy?

Those are mostly irrational fears, as we know, grounded in our own personal kinks and in self-absorption. This year, however, we’ve also seen the spiking of a host of rational fears. And yes, there is such a thing as a rational fear. Fear of dying in the plague, for instance, is a perfectly logical brand of terror. It’s possible to overdo it, I suppose, but we will likely be looking at half a million American deaths from it by the time the Orange Julius Caesar is finally excreted and flushed away. You’d have to be crazy not to dread the COVID.

On top of that very reasonable concern are the angsts over global warming, over the death of democracy, of the end of civilization, to say nothing of the fear that we will not be able to purge His Lowness after all.

So we’ve got plenty to fear these days besides fear itself. And I don’t know about you, but it’s starting to wear a little bit. Which brings us to Halloween. It’s the “holiday” built on fear. Do we really need that right now?

I can testify that I’ve never experienced anything like certifiable scarediness on All Hallows Eve. I mean, toddlers with sheets over their heads? Crappy plastic witch costumes? Unconvincing masks? I’m sorry, none of that ever gave me a chill, much less feel anything like real terror.

Still, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Unless, that is, you’re one of those people who like to watch those movies that scare them. I mean, really scare them. Give them nightmares and all kinds of other bad feelings. They like fear. I’ve never understood this addiction to terror. If fear is the mind-killer, then these people were already half brain-dead before 2020.

On the other hand, maybe these scaredophiles don’t need protecting. In fact, they may take to this current flood of fright like a fish takes to water. Who is to say they wouldn’t be the only ones to keeps their heads in a world gone mad with fear. Maybe it’s the people who get their kicks from watching others being chainsawed to death who are our only hope for sanity in these troubled times?

Now, that is a frightening thought.

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