Words

Dear Planet Earth,

It’s now day three of the (presumed) worldwide media blackout. Today also saw the beginning of small tremors along the Clark County basin. We’re no strangers to earthquakes here in Sin City, but this definitely does not feel like any earthquake we’ve experienced before.

Of course, the most recent cataclysm in Uganda is still fresh in our collective, bewildered minds. Whereas yesterday the buzzwords were “terrorism,” “hackers,” and “communists,” today the feeling on the tip of everyone’s tongue is “invasion.” We’re scared and confused — not because of the chaos that has already spread, but because for once in all of our shared lives, we don’t know what will come next.

Though I have lived for seventeen years believing I knew the true definition of the word, today I can say that I truly understand what “fear” means.

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