I find the way old men talk about fear important.

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first inaugural address. March 4, 1933.   I always thought that line was poetic and reassuring. “Yes, things are bad, but take heart.” These days, I think it’s more perceptive than that. Imagine the fear felt by those with power and privilege, hiding behind equipment humans ought to know better than to have even designed, as they are confronted by people with nothing, and whose fears are closer to the bone. That’s a dangerous combination that some real love, courage, and bold changes of direction would do a lot for.  I keep hoping and working for that, and it seems in short supply. We know we can build a much better world than the one we’ve got.  I think taking a calm walk together with these fears is the only way to get there. Charles Bowden, an American journalist making his life in murderous Ciudad Juarez, Mexico puts it well. “The biggest thing we’re confronting, that’s going to kill us all if we don’t do something about it, is fear. Climate change? Detail. This fuckin’ planet’s been through the wringer several times. Meteors hit it, volcanoes, y’know- now you’re never gonna interview a dinosaur. But it’s the fear that’s paralyzing. I’ve watched fear grow in my lifetime. I was born in 1945. My childhood was damaged men who’d come back from the war, who came from a class of people who, they were not officers. They were optimistic. They all believed in the future, even though a lot of them still had the shakes from World...