“We are all of us not merely liable to fear” (Gladwell, p. 72).
Analysis & Explanation:
Universe has revealed multiple truths and realities to humanity regarding the ongoing process of life on the globe. The factual truth of real life on this planet is fear. Life goes on with numerous phases of having fear or not having fear in this universe. The said quote of the assigned chapter reveals this truth and is also the central idea of this chapter. The biggest fear relates to the threat of life, and war is the real cause of this fear and danger. The direct or indirect snatching of the right of living from any person links to the lust of power and lust of wealth. These types of lust urge the personals to start a war to fulfill their said desires.
As far as the notion of the assigned chapter is concered, it revolves around the fear of war and fear of death. However, my viewpoint regarding the tone of the chapter validates it as the wars are the reality of the world. Wars are not always incorrect; sometimes, it is necessary to begin a war to establish peace. So, the rightness of war depends upon the cause for what is being fought. Moreover, the assigned chapter communicates with me, and it has not changed my views instead validate my stance about the nexus of war and fear.
Furthermore, the assigned chapter addresses the things that I do personally feel in my life. The persons of my age are confronting with the aftershocks of war on terrorism daily. We are not always afraid of such incidents and terrorist attacks, but a hidden fear is always there to tease us in open places and crowds. So the aftermaths of war are a bitter reality in this world, and I personally have undergone this situation. Every new incident of terrorism in any part of the world breeds fears among the masses. However, the need of the hour is hope as every cloud has a silver lining at the end.
Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants. Little, Brown, (2013): 72.