As someone who suffers from vertigo the quote below explains that fear in the best way I’ve ever read.
What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Vertigo would be a good term to explain the slightly out-of-balance, sense of doom that I sometimes feel when watching the news. Granted there is no desire in this form of vertigo but there is fear. Tonight there was an article about China’s potentially far greater nuclear power than originally thought. Carm named off its nearby nations that were also nuclear holders - North Korea and others of that ilk. How likely is that that the increasing instability that seems to be rocking our globe will increase the likelihood of the worst? Or maybe it won’t be nuclear holocaust but one caused by a giant meteor crashing into the planet… you can see where I’m going I guess. I’m someone who lives most happily in a fairy tale bubble lest I become a survivalist or other such crazy person. Maybe that’s why I like the simplicity of old movies and thoughtless television.