I’ve written about damage done by fear before, and here’s another example. Just one day after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, politicians here in Germany are calling for new surveillance laws. The same politicians who are always in favor of more surveillance, of course. This is terribly disrespectful towards the victims and their families, and it has the potential to do serious damage to our freedom. Security expert Bruce Schneier wrote a great article on the topic: “The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On“, which I recommend for you to read. The key point is:
When we react from fear, when we change our laws and policies to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed, even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we’re indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail, even if their attacks succeed.
We need freedom, not fear.