In the Express, Dalrymple discusses modern man’s simultaneous multiplying fears and receding threats:
Actually, for most of us, the world is safe as never before….But if we are safer than ever we are also more highly insured than ever. It is as if our fears increased with our safety: oddly enough dangers seem less real when they are genuinely present. The imaginary is stronger than the real…Hardly a week goes by without an invitation to take out some new kind of insurance coming through the letter-box. A dreadful possibility is dangled before your eyes and made to look as probable as possible..For only £5.59 a week you can be insured against being crushed to death by your neighbour’s pet boa constrictor, and your relict will receive £28,500 in the unhappy event that you are.