18 “You’re too scared to go out in public without a weapon at hand….”
19.”…afraid to step out our door to pick up a sandwich at Subway or an omelet at FA’s without packing heat. I must get tiresome looking over your shoulder all the time.”
There you go again projecting “fear” again.
Do you have an unreasonable “fear” a fire because you own or are prepared with a fire-extinguisher?
Do you carry a spare tire out of unreasonable “fear” of a flat?
Do you need to be “too scared” or “looking over your shoulder all the time” in order to buy health insurance?
Since when does protecting oneself against rare but potentially dangerous occurrences indicate “fear”?
As quoted above, “Projection is a particularly insidious defense mechanism, because it … prevents a person from dealing with his own feelings.” I’m in touch with my feelings and there is no fear driving my accepting a level of responsibility for myself and love ones. Being prepared has nothing to do with fear. Others who project such “fear” as the driver could well be in fear of acknowledging their mistake of trusting a cell phone or 911, w/ too long a response time.
Or it could be the fear of acknowledging their mistake of their trust that criminals will obey the “Un-armed Victims Rich Zone” or a ” Safety Zone for Criminal” or a “Free-fire Zone for Deranged Killers” a.k.a “Gun Free Zone” which aren’t because criminals, by definition, don’t obey the law much less signs.
Or it could be the fear of acknowledging wishful thinking is not enough.
Denial can kill you twice. It kills once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: You didn’t bring your gun; you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by fear, helplessness, horror and shame at your moment of truth.
As Gavin de Becker puts it in _Fear Less_, his superb post-9/11 book:
“..denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling. Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.”
Comment by DaveH — July 5, 2010 @ 2:29 pm