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I came across a list of America’s Top Ten fears from 2021. It is a sobering list that begins with issues related to the pandemic and then quickly moves to the economy and government corruption. The 2,083 people who filled out the questionnaire had a very real sense of the dangers that exist in this world. The results of the survey included 41 different fears, with “Loved ones dying” at the top of the list and “Being abducted by aliens” at the very bottom. The top fear was shared by 65 percent of the respondents, while the last fear was held by 10 percent of the group. 

I found it interesting that the survey had been commissioned by a company that is set to profit handsomely from the fears of its customers. You can see it here: https://www.safehome.org/home-safety/american-fear-study/.

Government think-tanks and private companies capitalize on human fear. It is well-documented that our society has been a breeding ground for fear mongering, to the point that many in our society are debilitated by fears and phobias, some of which are not rational at all.  

Tim Dinkins can be reached with questions and comments at timothydinkins@gmail.com.

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