My reactions to those stats of 787 only indicate issues of Federal involvement. Whatever, I am pretty darned sure the numbers would be lower than expected. Why? 9/11 unleashed a Fear on the American public. Even when Pearl Harbor was attacked Hawaii was a Territory and not yet a State, and it was 'way out in the middle of the ocean; not in the center of our biggest city. Since then, Fear has had its way. We see racism and bigotry flaring, and what is that other that Fear Of Other magnified and somehow made socially acceptable in a subset of the fearful and narcissistic? Speaking of which, the increased isolation from the advent of cell phones and social media (they do isolate, think about it) has set off a plague of narcissism so intense folks found and elected a malignant narcissist President.
Use the word “arousal” instead of fear. In this sense there is no sexual connotation, as we speak of reaction to stimuli. (Technically, we’re just taking sex out for the sake of this point, as the element is always present.) Much more Fight or Flight. The thing is, humans have rather adapted to a third and fourth response, Attraction or Repulsion. These matters affect the individual in a cumulative fashion that can be seen in mass in social subsets. It’s a matter of not asking people what they are afraid of (they will lie every time); but what they hate. Society has come to the point where hate is seen as a virtue while fear is scorned. Flat out, this is because hate is seen as manly and fear as feminine; and the war between the sexes is just more fear of the unknown and self-doubt all fed on the massive bed of lies that is history and bad information learned early. FDR was quite correct, and the answer to Fear Itself is to make a friend of fear. Let it be an alarm system we are aware of and can turn off as we wish. This business of constantly chasing after alarms that will not cease going off has got to stop. And each fear is a separate alarm. We are feeding on fear, and it is making our minds and our emotions fat and sloppy. I can deal with a fat belly, I cannot deal with being fat-headed. As far as I can see, if we boil down all the issues the whole world is dealing with, they all rather come down for fear and/or narcissism.
Which makes us sane folks crazy.