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In Favor Of A Modicum

“(U)nless you’re a character on “Heroes,” genes don’t mutate fast enough to have caused an 18% increase in childhood food allergies between 1997 and 2007. And genes certainly don’t cause 25% of parents to believe that their kids have food allergies, when 4% do. Yuppiedom does.”

Joel Stein in the LA Times points out the psychosomatic aspects of the significant majority of food allergies.

I don’t have an answer to this: How did the fearless and free generations who so enjoyed their hyper-sexual and hypo-responsible ’60’s and ’70’s fall into so much fear and fearmongering?

Brain cells fried by drugs perhaps?

Global warming? Bring it on. Warming trends have more often than not accompanied times of incredible growth and wealth and social development and health and general prosperity. Besides, the science is not ‘in’ in the way many claim.

Nuclear energy? Your children will not grow two heads or three arms. Trust me.

Lead poisoning? From clothes? You’ve got to be kidding me!

When did we get so far into this culture of fear that we’re requiring lead testing of second-hand clothes? I wore hand-me-downs and second-hand clothes for most of my youth… wait, maybe that’s part of my problem.

The people who are affected by such broad-reaching policies are those who most need access to inexpensive resources. Not those who are up to their necks in consumer debt and buying $50 shirts for their kids sporting the latest tawdry ‘popular’ entertainers name or likeness, but those who are making ends meet by shopping at consignment shops and second-hand stores. Instead, many such stores are being forced out of business after February 10th.

Fear and extremism go hand in hand. Extremist ideas are born from fear and breed fear.

I choose not to live in fear and instead act with reasonable consideration for real threat and no consideration for imagined ones.