Brooks, D. (2001). Facing Up to Our Fears. Newsweek, 138(17), 66.
The first paragraph of this article talks about how the United States in the beginning of this decade has not really been focused on any sort of conceit information. Its like the American people are comfortable and do not fear anything and do not focus on anything outside of the country. We are realizing as a country that while the United States has not focused on foreign affairs other foreign powers have focused on the U.S. Fear is everywhere and we as American people have found out that it can take any shape, a white powder or a poison. People in this country have become paralyzed by fear, becoming overly paranoid wanting to build bomb shelters and not fly in airplanes. In Israel where bombings occur daily Israeli’s gain some order because this happens often. An event like September 11th has never been seen by anyone in America since Pearl Harbor. We live in an individualistic society, nations like Israel or Great Britain respond to events like September 11th as a nation. They put their faith in the government and army. Although and event like September 11th has put fear into many Americans one thing that Americans have is courage and the ability to face those fears.
This article really made a lot of sense to me. It was written in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Newsweek is right in America we don’t really have a grasp on what is happening outside of our own country. Too many people are focused on problems that are simply not important in our society. I also agree with the fact that we are a very individualistic society. There really is not that feeling of a “nation” in this country. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe, but I went to Israel as a youth group trip a couple years ago and when I went there, there was a strong sense and feeling of a “nation”. I think that part of this is because in Israel the people are constantly being attack and that lack of safety brings people together in the country. I think that this relates to stem 110t in a couple of different ways. The first is like I said in the beginning people are worried about things in our society that are not important, instead of using technology to solve actual problems. For the most part I agree with what was said in this article I feel that it was really informative and looked at different perspective after 9/11.