This is exactly how my OCD often plays out. I spend a great deal of time trying to anticipate and avoid situations that might trigger strong obsessive-compulsive cycles. When I return to awareness and realize that I've failed to keep watch, I become terrified that something awful has happened in the interim.
It is time for us to recognize that the root cause for societal ills is the erosion of human values. Each one of us needs to come forward and take responsibility to re-establish a caring and sharing attitude, a sense of belongingness, a commitment to serve -- the core spiritual values that are the basis for a healthy, happy and harmonious society.