In “The State” they have replaced merged the idea of God with the Dear Leader. Rather than God watching when you do something bad, it is the leader. A traveler from that country comes to America, and finds amongst the classes that don’t believe in a God who watches over them, they believe in a nebulous evil force, who is always out to take what they have. They feel The Criminal is always alert to their slightest slip up in security. The traveler is surprised to see everyone lock everything up, waiting for the day The Criminal tests them.
She finds the gym bag with torn clothes and shredded papers of the missing college student, but for some reason can’t summon the will to call the police. Every night for a week she watches the news of the student’s family & friends crying, pleading for help in finding the missing person. The more she watches, the more she is depressed. But still she cannot call.