In my current, late-life persona, I find myself making minor, practical decisions to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of our gun-obsessed country and terrorists abroad, as well as from possible terrorist attacks on American soil. I go to matinees at the movie theater, because there are fewer people in the audience. I avoid malls during holidays, and I don’t go to large community events like festivals or performances. I refused to go to a fireworks spectacle in St. Tropez this summer. I stay away from places that invite danger. Small stuff, but each decision provides me with a false sense that I have a modicum of control over potential chaos. One night, I even woke in a panic and ordered Israeli gas masks for the entire family. The kids want to wear them for Halloween.
Unfortunately, I can’t imagine the slightest action of self-preservation that would protect me from my own government! Congress is either incompetent or in collusion with the gun lobby. Objective judges are being steadily replaced; government agencies have been systematically abolished or their missions compromised.
Of course, as you will note as you read “A Capital Offense” in The Fourth Moment I need to exercise caution since I have a penchant for attracting dicey situations all on my own. Catch me at https://cjgarrison.com