But today, the deer wander around my neighborhood just like the squirrels. Neither cars nor people scare them. They are no longer afraid to approach the house to feed on the buds. They no longer freeze in the headlights – a car driving down the road is a familiar sight to the deer in my neighborhood. They have become complacent.
But the deer are not the only ones who no longer fear the headlights.
The unemployment rate stays high and we expect that unemployment benefits will be extended.
We no longer flinch when our jobs are sent overseas – we expect it.
Another financial institution or government is in crisis and we expect that they will be bailed out.
Our country’s leaders fail once again to reach agreement on a key issue, and we continue on as if this were okay.
I could argue heartily that fear is not a healthy emotion. Yet without it, we lose that adrenaline rush that causes us to buck up and take action. Without fear, we risk becoming a society of complacency and entitlements.
When was the last time you saw a deer in the headlights?