Well slap me sideways and call me Edmund, if that wasn't one of the best threads I've read in a long while. Anywhere. I'm a newbie here though and already think you're all awesome.
I've nothing concrete, nor useful, to add to the above discussion, except to say that, after a life full of fear and anxiety I'm learning to embrace the 'What will be, will be' philosophy. To be honest, if there were nuclear bombs being dropped on England I would want to go out without a whimper. It's different for young people of course, but even my grown up kids say they would rather choose instant vaporisation, than the constant struggle to stay alive with its attendant fear. Not just the struggle for yourself, but the absolute dread of what will happen to the people you love.
I'm a wimp though. And we aren't allowed guns. X