It seems as if we have become more fearful in general. Some of this fear is well-founded. There certainly are bad people out there that want to do us harm. But some of the fear seems to play out in unfortunate ways. In my home state of Tennessee the legislature seems bent on expanding places where it is legal to carry a gun. I guess some people think they need to have a firearm with them at all times for fear that something will happen. There is little appreciation for the fact that the more guns that are available, and the more places people can carry them, the more there is likely to be gun violence. And then there is the fear that a transgender person will use a restroom different than the gender they had at birth. So legislation comes down about that. Most recently there is an interest in making the Bible the Tennessee state book, trying to appease, I suppose, an angry God. As much as I cherish the Bible, I would rather they adopted the SAT or ACT Study Guide as the state book given our woeful education rates.
Maybe we'd be better off if we didn't rely so much on legislation to ease our fears. Perhaps if we reached out to one another a little more and used words of comfort rather than anger. And maybe a restorative touch now and then would do us some good.