Halloween is a great time to reflect on the things that used to frighten us, and how they may have changed. In the past, ugly and ghoulish creatures appeared at our doorstep, dripping blood and gore. Animalistic types howled from the ends of our driveways, and crept out from behind the bushes. Pirates and Frankenstein monsters threatened us with home invasion, or worse. But that was then.
Now what really scares us is the doctor who says the test results require an immediate visit to a specialist; the boss who calls us in to say the downsizing task force has completed its work, and our job is eliminated; the young man who comes to take our daughter to the dance and advises that he’s “a very careful driver” — no need to worry — and peels away in a cloud of dust and tire particles. These things are major reasons for concern.