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Fear watched as children viewed the film "Dark Crystal," a style replacing hijinks of Baby Huey and Wiley Coyote. Then kids amped up with Power Rangers, as teens met the dark side of the Force and weaponized. Sages found such youth better prepared for a precarious and compromised adulthood, first through corporate demand for growth exceeding 3 percent yet based in a service economy with dodgy financials, not industrial production; second, top officials ran mistaken wars, reaping as many wannabees as uniforms abroad. Every soldier became a hero just for serving, and Fear announced a “Reality TV Millennium.”

Fear became our companion. Odd, since we began as the promise of the Enlightenment, where democratic and scientific ideals undergirded each enterprise with hope and learning, immigrants enriched our traditions, and our open society fed a rich self-confidence for solving real sources of human misery, far larger than feared terrorists beyond IS's demise. Fear dis-proportioned our religions too, and suppressed our Enlightenment ideals, attempting to counter “genetic facts” and craft “wedge issues” of a few verses. It weakened our character, our resolve to treat others as we want to be treated.

Fear became “the brand” of office-holders, what drives their authoritarianism, their only rationale. We deserve better!

Bruce Russell Sr.,

Missoula

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