Here is a quote from Douglas Todd that he used in a reward winning commentary. You can read the whole commentary over at the Vancouver Sun website.
It is beneficial to name our fears, individually and societally -- especially if we've been trying to keep them secret. That way we can recognize which are real and which are imagined.
But facing fears requires not freaking out. It calls for recognizing that life is risky -- and no leader can offer us absolute protection.
Dealing effectively with dread requires remaining grounded even when things are difficult. In today's culture of fear, in other words, staying calm amounts to a political act.