The past few days have been tough for the world. My social media feeds have been filled with post after post on one side of the Syrian immigration issue or the other. Fear is the weapon of the terrorists, and the result is on full display in our culture right now. People are scared of what might happen, and so they want to do whatever they can to prevent it, even if what they are proposing has little basis in fact or practicality.
This is all taking place against the backdrop of another police shooting of a young black male here in Minneapolis, that may not have been justified. It’s prompted a protest at the police precinct near where it occurred as well as blocking the interstate again. People are demanding transparency and justice in any way that they can. An entire section of American citizens are scared, but not of Syrian refugees, they’re scared of the local police.
It seems that the world is full of fear right now. Fear of those we don’t know, fear of those we can’t trust, and it ends up feeding a cycle of more fear as people continue to close in tighter and tighter on their beliefs. I don’t pretend to have any form of an answer, or even words of comfort.
The world is scared right now.