"In my late 20s, I started to have thoughts that people were out to get me. As the paranoia increased, I stopped eating and sleeping."
The former Senate candidate will hold a march to oppose Trump's “lies about the dangers that immigrants pose."
I know too well the consequences when truth and critical thinking are outshouted by ideology, politics, paranoia or a misguided moral crusade.
It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.
When we face a threat we can't protect ourselves from as individuals, we metaphorically circle the wagons, and anyone inside our circles - those who share our race or gender or nationality or socioeconomic class or religion or general beliefs and values - is friend, and anyone outside those circles is foe.
It's no surprise that people are attracted to charismatic goons like Trump who promise to eradicate perceived "evil." He and other right-wing leaders have always understood that fear, defensiveness, and perception of being persecuted are exquisitely potent political tools.
Ever get the feeling you're being watched? Maybe you are!
Photographer Lori Pond is curious about fear. Not a general sense of unease for foreboding; not mundane anxiety; not esoteric crises or arbitrary phobias -- but real, urgent, existential fear. The immediate kind that triggers the so-called Fight or Flight response.