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Feeling of "terror"

 

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What "terror" conjures up...

Returning to Chile in 1978 and seeing soldiers with machine guns on the streets, wielding total power; knowing that people I knew had been kidnapped by the security forces and disappeared—this is the kind of terror that immobilizes people and provokes profound self-censorship.
PATY RUBIO, professor of Spanish

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The ultimate fear for any actor is “going up”—forgetting one’s lines. We have nightmares about it and wake up in a “flop sweat.” Once when I went up, I think I looked at every actor and audience member in turn before I began speaking again. When I got off stage I was shaking like a leaf. But later I was told that no one else had noticed the pause.
LARY OPITZ, professor of theater

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On 9/11, as I stood 100 feet from the World Trade Center and the second plane crashed over my head, I instantaneously reverted to a very primal state. I ran. Three blocks later, I had to stop from complete exhaustion—not from the distance, but from the emotional taxation of
feeling terrorized.
FRITS ABELL ’94, investment banker

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Terror used to be more of a feeling to me. Now it’s hard not to associate the word with acts of violence. Locally, I’m not thinking in terms of buildings getting blown up, but of the predators who have migrated into our communities. As a parent, I think it’s easier to become frantic when you lose track of your child at a playground than it was in the “good old days.” You think the worst, even if it’s just for a split second.
CAROL SCHNITZER, purchasing director

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Vivid images of Osama Bin Laden and George W. Bush come to mind. Each has proclaimed himself divinely ordained to rid the world of evil. But things do not end well when self-appointed emissaries of the Almighty try to make earth as it is in heaven by killing anyone who takes issue with their vision of how the world should be. On a more mundane level, shopping and reality TV shows terrify me.
SHELDON SOLOMON, professor
of psychology

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