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What are you afraid of

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As indicated in another thread, CrF and I agreed that we were afraid of things happening in this world. We reflected on what happend a century ago in this world, etc.

My question to all: what makes you afraid without getting into the intricacies of politics. Some idea's:
The windmills (of your mind)
EV's and the CO2 footprint of an EV
Forest distruction in NC and the biomass used for electricity
Hydrogin versus electricity versus atomic energy as fuel
The economical consequences of covid, less airplanes due to less tourist activity, lay up of cruiseships end the financial consequences.
mass hypnosis.
The facebook lifestyle.
freedom of speech versus political correctness.
Etc.
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Okay, I’m in.

I’m afraid of the following:

Climate change
Plastics pollution
The rise of political extremism
Unfettered gun ownership
Bad grammar
Overpopulation of the planet
Destruction of rainforests.
Not having enough money in retirement (I’m going to be fine - but the fear remains)
Ripping expensive sheer hosiery within minutes of putting a new pair on.

That’s about it.

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Chinese and Russian posturing. China threatening to nuke Japan to obliteration especially as such countries have the capability to do so. This could precipitate the domino effects of retaliations.
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I am afraid of dogma and illogical thought, which is probably responsible for most of the things that Ray listed and I empathise with.



........... and greed ............ and psychopaths (with no empathy or consideration for others).

I suppose generally some sorts of human behaviour ......... not much else. Oh ..... strong winds (probably just the situation I live in with old buildings needing roof repair).
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My son was married to a sociopath. She ticked all the boxes characterising her condition. He died in 2008 and we have had no contact with her since. We call her the Black Witch whenever we have to refer to her, which is rarely.
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Ray's list and Anthony's followup are pretty good, though I wouldn't go so far to sat I'm "afraid" of those things, just concerned for future generations.

Regarding climate change, with the path we're on now, I'd say things will be getting pretty unbearable in the next 50-100 years. I expect some problems of biblical proportions to play out at the worst, as changing landscapes and unpredictable weather patterns deplete global food supplies, cheap oil runs low, and the world's super powers engage in full on [possible nuclear] conflicts as we fight over what few resources remain.

I think we're in the beginning phases of some really nasty stuff coming down the line, and by the time I hit 70 in 2050, I'm pretty sure I will not have the luxuries that current 70 year olds enjoy. The United States may very well be in full on collapse mode (for real... like... game over, e.g. Rome, not like this child's play we're dealing with today... hoist a new flag kind of collapse.)

I'll probably die in a concentration camp. Maybe... I might not let them take me alive.

So... I enjoy my life as best as possible today. Maybe the future won't be that bad, but you never know. It doesn't hurt to be live free today at any rate.

Humans are retarded. I don't fear them, I don't fear the future. I try not to worry about it. What good does it do to worry? I live my life, I mind my own business. My greatest contribution was not bringing any new life into this world. That's about the best I can do, for I am powerless to stop the runaway folly and vice that has infected the human species.

The only thing I'm afraid of is heights.

The fact that the human species might just go extinct makes me smile.

Come on... am I the only one that roots for the monster in horror films? :lol:

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I'm not afraid as such, fear doesn't help anyone. But my main concern about climate change is that it will render large tracts of Africa uninhabitable. Several billion people live there and they are not going to all sit around quietly starving to death.

Maybe it won't happen. Maybe the weather patterns will make Africa better not worse. But there's a good chance a lot of people are going to move, and people don't like it when other people move onto "their" patch.

Maybe low risk, but the costs are astronomical.
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Pretty much everything. It's amazing I make it out of the house on some days, but greater fears push lesser fears out of the way.
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Fear, like stress is the result of giving a ....... :wink:

In the brackets below I shall count the number the ________'s I give...


[_______]

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Why worry? There really isn't anything to worry about.. We are born and then we die. Everything in between is just gravy.[1] Enjoy it!!!
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What needs attention I guess is the lumber cutting in North Carolina in order to create bio-mass for European energy mills. Also from the wood cut in the US, pellets are made for pellet furnaces, fired by electricity, kept burning on pellets (wood from which the CO2 was distracted), shipped from the US to Europe, etc. How about the CO2 footrpint? And no electricity, no phone working with bluetooth to "instruct" the furnace, no warmth.
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Nothing much, being burned to death, that's got to hurt I suppose.

Immortality would be bad, I am glad I won't be around to see a world where you can't drive a car without a bloody computer interfering. Nations are already starting to fight over drinking water, the weather is getting more interesting every year and humanity won't cut back on breeding, I don't want to be around to see the end result!

What else? Erm, I know we are ever so mortal, with a brother on chemo, a sister with Parkinsons, a good friend who survived a major bleed in his brain, as I get older I am getting my nose rubbed in our mortality more and more, it doesn't frighten me, something will get me in the end so there's no point in worrying about it.

I no longer ride my motor bike, after dropping it the last time and spending a lot of money to get it back on the road I couldn't relax when riding, a mixture of a heavy, powerful bike with no modern safety features like traction control and clever brakes, together with not being able to relax when riding because I didn't trust other vehicles at junctions. I wasn't afraid but I wasn't enjoying it any more.

On balance, nothing I am really afraid of other then the stuff above. I cannot understand why people are afraid of stuff like spiders, one person who worked for me some time ago was afraid of cats, dogs, driving to Paisley (she hadn't done it before and so was scared to), as far as I could make out she was afraid of animals and inanimate objects and everything else!

Oh yes, there is something, vertigo. I am not good at heights, not unless there is something like a barrier or a window to stop me falling. I love looking out of plane windows but parachuting? oh no! no no no! I did climb the mast on Royalist but really did not like the leaning back and trying to climb round the platform bit was scary, so was abseiling, did that twice. I even get some horrible twinges while watching people on top of wind turbines etc. on YouTube! sitting in my chair, looking at my PC screen, I can still get a twinge of vertigo. Yep, the thought of being separated from the planet by a small distance and linked by gravity is not good.
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Fred, gravy train is when you participate in a lucrative scheme that earns you lots of money for very little effort.
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