Terrorism

Including massacres
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What is happening in society?

How can we be safe?

Today

The world is appalled by the indiscriminate killing we see. Almost every day we hear of carnage around the world. On average the USA has more than one mass shooting every day.

The media is a good publicity agent for both terrorists and mass shooters to 'keep the public informed'. Problem is the carnage becomes self-perpetuating with copycat acts of violence and fanatics promoting their cause on their way out because of the guaranteed publicity.

My advice is to recognize that the risks are extremely low, which is why terrorists love being on the news.

Imagine the impossible situation where terrorist acts and massacres received no publicity through the media. The result would probably reduce the copycat acts, publicity seeking by unstable people, society fear (and newspaper sales).

What you focus on

Human nature tends to focus on events we have no control over as being more dangerous, despite the evidence. An example is risk of death while driving compared to the risk of dying in a terrorist attack. You are statistically more likely to die on the road than in a terrorist attack, but because we are in control in the car we don't fear that risk. Death on the road is not reported endlessly in the media like terrorism and mass shootings.

Terrorism is effective in doing what its name says: inspiring profound fear. But despite unremitting coverage of the Paris attacks, an objective examination of the facts shows that terrorism is an insignificant danger to the vast majority of people in the West.

In the United States, an individual’s likelihood of being hurt or killed by a terrorist (whether an Islamist radical or some other variety) is negligible.

Where people put their trust

With life in general, people tend to put their trust in these main areas.

  • Trust in other people- result is you will always be let down sooner or later.
  • Trust in money - only 3% of the "money" is backed up by actual currency. The rest is created by banks as credit and the whole system survives on consumer confidence! A structure without foundation or substance. It only takes a loss of confidence and the world economies will be bordering on total collapse.
  • Trust in themselves - people are resourceful and intelligent however we all have a limit.
  • Trust in the stability of society - History shows us that even what we believe to be secure can be destroyed.
  • Trust in God - people put their trust in a supernatural power that is unchangeable and immovable and has good in mind towards them.

Don't fear

Easy to say but hard to do when all around are finding good reasons to fear. The media continually gives us new reasons to fear. Young people don't have the life experience to place everything into a healthy perspective.

The present level of fear in society is out of all proportion to the facts. The threat of more terrorist attacks. The threat of another war. The threat of biological or nuclear war. The threat of economic recession all over the world.

'Do not fear' is one of the most repeated instructions in the Bible. It takes a conscious choice to reject fear. To be successful in removing fear, you need to replace the fear with something positive. You can adopt a positive attitude which will help, but it is only a small part of the answer.

The small child in an unfamiliar situation is able to reject fear when they are close to the parents. Alone, the child would be overcome with fear. The child has confidence when the parents are there because they know the parent's care and protection is always available when the circumstances require it.

Once again it is the same with God. It is easier to look above the terrorism and rise above fear when you have your trust in God. You realize He is still in control. He loves you and cares for your well being. He will never leave you or forsake you. For more information see Big Picture page.

References

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