What did the fox say?

“Personally I don’t see what the big deal is,” said the fox, “it’s not as though it actually affects you on a personal level — not as though you are really going to be affected by it.”

“He’s President of the United States,” replied Rob, “and I’m an American — that means it affects me on a PERSONAL level.”

“In a sense, yes,” said the fox, “but only on a theoretical level — did anything really change in your day to day existence when Obama was president? Has anything changed over the past year that Trump has been your president?”

“Well, I tend to think the threat of nuclear war at any moment could affect me in quite a real way — nuclear war would affect you too!”

“Of course it would, but the existential threat doesn’t really affect you unless you choose to think about it.”

“It’s called stress — most of the worries we have never end up happening but they worry us all the same — and that leads us to be affected. Stress is a number one killer, like, for a lot of people!”

“Are you seriously quoting Mark Twain at me?” said the fox, “seriously, I just think you have bigger concerns than nuclear war right now.”

“Like what? You do realize that a nuclear explosion would wipe out millions instantaneously but then millions would die from the radiation afterwards too!”

“I understand, but you live in Cincinnati — not too sure North Korea is going to target you specifically. Surely IF (and it’s a big IF) they fired a nuke at America, they’re going to know America is going to respond with ‘fire and fury’ — that basically means if they fire a nuke they’re going to want to make sure it has a huge impact. Probably not going to waste it (no offense) on Cincinnati of all places.”

“Maybe, but nuclear winter!”

“Yeah yeah,” said the fox. The fox positioned itself and scratched behind its ear with its back foot. “I still think you have other more pressing things to worry about.”

“You didn’t answer me — name one thing?!”

“Well, for starters, the fact you’re talking to a fox can’t be a good sign.”