Are we taking fear too far?

Has the fear mania that seems to engulf every day of our lives gone too far? Do we really need the security theatre that is crammed down our throats, or poked up are nethers, or do we need to man up to society and accept that there are bad (and stupid) people out there who want to do bad (or stupid) things and we can be less paranoid about it and make intelligent, considered decisions? –

Is it the security theatre and the hype it generates the cause of an increased “incidents”, are people using this media induced heightened awareness as an excuse to check their brain out and abdicate commonsense and decisions on what and what isn’t safe to others, or are we just getting more and more stupid?

Food for thought.

UPDATE: I love it when someone tests the stupidity of some of these things.