America’s fear based culture – strive to be great to be all you can be.

Many of the concerns we perceive in the U.S. are fear based. America must strive to be great.

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

You can tell a lot about a person by finding out where he/she spends their money.

The same is true with America’s budget. It appears the number one priority is the defense budget.

It is driven by the fear that enemies will over take us if we are found weak.

After 911, gun sales went up by seventy per cent as noted in the movie “Bowling For Columbine,” by Michael Moore. A high school in Littleton , Colorado, was the scene of the death of twelve students and many others wounded by two other students.

One segment showed Charlton Heston, spokes person for the National Rifleman’s Association giving a speech in Colorado. He stated, “we are secure in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

But, are we secure in America with it’s fear based culture? We must maintain the intention to succeed by conquering fear.

There are neighborhoods with burglar bars, security doors, safe rooms, and alarm systems for security.

Fear divides our focus and keeps us ignorant as to what we really should be doing as a nation.

Fear also robs us of our potential to be great. For America to re-emerge as a great country and get back on it’s feet as a leader, it must handle fear.

Our news media shows what sells and that appears to be death and destruction.

This is not a case to knock our right to bear arms as noted in the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States. This paper is more of a wake up call to the American public to make sure you use that right responsibly.

America per Michael Moore’s film had 11,127 deaths in a year to occur because of firearms.

Other countries had a much lower incidence of death from firearms;

England 68

Australia 65

Canada 34

Japan 39

Citizens around the country were asked why did we have such a high incidence of yearly deaths from firearms. The question was answered with retorts, ” America has a violent past.” But so does Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world with a lower incidence of firearm deaths.

Some view our high incidence of deaths from firearms because of dysfunctional families. England, the movie reported has a greater incidence of familial discord but a much lower incidence of death from firearms.

Others interviewed in the movie felt that the violent video games were the source of our mayhem. Japan is the source of many of the video games yet their country playing the same games has a much lower incidence of deaths from firearms.

It appears the movie brought out our love in America for our guns.

A gun is a very powerful tool that gives the bearer of the weapon the power to be equal to anyone else that bears a weapon.

I’m not so sure this is the power that we should be seeking as indicated by our ignorance of this powerful tool.

Because of the number of accidental deaths from firearms it seems they should be a last resort for defense within the home. Our household six shooters are killing our loved ones and friends.

We don’t have to wait on government intervention to protect self from self. As noted from accidental discharge of firearms, make as an immediate action to educate yourself in the proper way to handle a firearm.

As a second action send to Washington politicians that can make a difference. Send  those that  will stop using fear to decide our policy in the world and make sound decisions.

Power that is fear based carries with it the seeds of destruction. It does not matter whether the power belongs to a country or to an individual, power must be intelligently used for the greater good of all.

In America we can remain great if we overcome our fears and live smart within our own boundaries.

America’s citizens do not have to fear each other as the ultimate enemy. America’s fears will be diminished when we lock up our guns and stop allowing fear to rob us of our true potential as leaders in the world. We must continue striving to be great.

America’s fear based culture – strive to be great and you win. Do not succomb to fear.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.

Reference: Movie “Bowling For Columbine”




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