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October 22, 2014

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 22, 2014

“I hate to say it, but I think a default posture of human beings is fear… Fear has, in this moment, a respectability I’ve never seen in my life.”

Marilynne Robinson

Quoted in the New York Times Magazine, October 1, 2014

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Comment by Rubin, claire

October 22, 2014 @ 6:14 am

I heard her make that comment in an interview on TV with Bill Moyers.

Unfortunately, you need more of the context of the remark to understand what she means.

Comment by Rubin, claire

October 22, 2014 @ 6:17 am

I just read the NYTimes piece you cited. Her explanation there differs from what she said to Moyers – the later was clearer and more interesting! Sorry, I cannot reconstruct it from memory.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

October 22, 2014 @ 6:33 am


Given my infatuation with ambiguity I am so pleased that when the same words were articulated in two different contexts the same words had two different meanings. In the humanities, this is about as close as we get to a proof.

Comment by Rubin, claire

October 22, 2014 @ 6:43 am

One more reference to fear this am. In an article from the NY times on the eroding confidence in the federal government:

“Look, I think cynicism is a marketable asset these days, and you see it very clearly in this Ebola story,” Mr. Axelrod said. “There’s an impetus to create fear and then market it, exploit it. And that’s true on the part of the media, and that’s true on the part of the politicians.”


Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 22, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

Fear, each of us should have much fear as the promised plagues of economic failure, leaders globally and certainly here at the WH, politicians and nothing more seeking to blatantly lie shoulder to shoulder and only to impose self-serving dictate and “enslave” more and more while few adhere to the laws of God who made this simple for us all, yet We have chosen to subvert him in every way….we are indolent in our ways, willing to allow the law breakers in immigration, those elected and “entrusted” to enforce our laws and in oath to Constitution, manipulating and circumventing such and the People, our Judeo-Christian principles and unfortunately unless there is great change, God will continue as he has promised to rock and rock us until we awake and understand that our perverse and divisiveness in mannerisms best witnessed by this eight year resident at the WH will not bode well so no better time to repent and begin to really read Ezekiel and repent for without such knowledge and willingness to follow the rule of God and stand strong against those seeking to impose their values and so willingly kill innocent, the future looks as it did to those in the 1930’s and this time around, hundreds of millions and far many more will perish….

God Bless the Canadian officer shot down earlier today and another run over in Canada by a reported radicalized Muslim, acts in dastardly deed toward the innocent by those who seek to dim the light of hope and glory and the Blessings God has bestowed upon us….

….We must repent and amend our ways now standing tall for our Judeo-Christian community and our beloved Republic and ‘ol Glory and not allow laws to be broken and our borders to be trespassed so easily affording access to those unwilling to follow the laws of immigration and visa.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 23, 2014 @ 10:34 am

Fear is a supreme motivator for humans whether or not reasoned!

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