Fear affects the economy. Currently, people are clamoring to buy stock in the companies that are producing hazmat suits and a possible cure for Ebola. A Connecticut company has been busy selling Ebola toys and apparently can’t keep them in stock the demand is so high. The demand for air travel must be taking a nose dive since one of my closest friends, and many others, are terrified of getting Ebola on airplanes.Fear affects our civil liberties. Both New York and New Jersey started mandatory quarantines for anyone coming from an Ebola infected country. KNX1070 reported this week that those already under lock and key were denied an ample amount of food.Fear affects our personalities. The fiance of Ebola victim Eric Thomas Duncan has been dealt a double blow. Not only has she lost the man she was to marry, but she lost her right to take up residence where she pleases since her potential neighbors are afraid of catching Ebola from her. In addition to losing her fiance, she has become a pariah. “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”, A Twilight Zone episode, has the only voice of reason in the program shout, “Let’s not be a mob,” when panic overcomes the residents of this formerly sleepy street. Yet, it’s exactly that mob mentality that caused this girl to get rejected from her choice of home.In the last year, only one American has been killed by Ebola in contrast to more than half a million killed by heart disease. According to President Obama, one would have to come into contact with the bodily fluids of an Ebola patient to contract the disease. This sounds like how AIDS and mononucleosis are contracted, but those diseases are not causing national panics.
“Don’t misunderstand me. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice,”Will Smith went on to say. I feel that Americans are inexplicably worried about Ebola when they should be trying to avoid a worse enemy–fear.
What are your opinions? Is the current threat being overly magnified or do you feel our nation’s reactionis justified? I look forward to reading your thoughts.