A culture of preparedness is fostered at an early age by the educational and systematic teaching of various threats. Programs initially examine threats locally and then are generalized to the wider environment and subject matter.
I appreicate the perspective provided in this article, as the rhetoric of politicians, extremists and media have made the populace of the US more scared than they necessarily need to be. Thanks for calling that out.
With respect to the quote above, referencing the experience in Israel, I fear that until the society in the US starts thinking more broadly for its citizens’ collective good, rather than for the individual, it is going to be very difficult to implement this type of education. There is already too much of an “us-and-them” culture internally, and where the examination of threats does occur in American society, it really appears to just be to further identify and isolate out-groups, rather than to truly document meaningful threats.
Can the people in the US get past their individualist and isolationist tendancies to understand they need to establish a greater social contract for all, and then perhaps build on that to manage their risks and mitigate their unjustified fears?