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“Unable to turn inward, all fear turns outward, hence all the weird sects, massive door locks, religious fever, pinched, bitter, ugly faces in Florida, California, Arizona—wherever the old ones gather for dying.  Fear is resonant, he realized.  It bounces around the condominium walls, growing stronger rather than fading.  We reinforce each other’s terrors.  By guarding against assault, [we create] the fear of assault.  By speaking always of conspiracies, [we create] more fear of conspiracies.”

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WHO? John D. MacDonald in “Condominium”
AND? It’s an amazingly insightful book written in 1977 about the culture in Florida, in America, and among the aging poulation.  His insights into human behavior are so varied and accurate, it made me doubt he only lived one lifetime.

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on Jul. 3, 2005

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