What do you imagine can be done about the national condition?
I don't ask to be an asshole either- I know that a lot of people are aware of the ambient hysteria. Awareness of it though only contributes to more of it if there is not even a mirage on the horizon of a solution.
In my experience, this fear comes from the fact that people have long ago internalized powerlessness against the forces that scare and menace them.
So, in my own life, among my own circles, I go for like a Fight Club kind of empowerment cultural idea; social and political behavior only happens as a consequence of subterranean individual impulses and forces.
My moon club fight festivals are getting more popular; next week is our 4th month hosting fight nights with a raked pit of one-on-one bouts. We are adding dancing girls before the fights next week, to engender more aggressiveness and competitiveness in the men.
Everyone that participates feels differently about their potential to defend themselves as a result, which necessarily changes their perspective on their environment over time.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"