My Thoughts & Views

Are we Safe?

Posted on: October 21, 2008

You know, we can put a bomb in a bag these days. This big bomb—it’ll wipe out a city—fits in a bag. Go to the center of any Metro City on a weekday, stand on an intersection and just count the bags you see between 9 AM to 8 PM. See what I mean? People blew up trains, planes, cars & many more…
So do you feel safer now? If we stop plane/car/train while every bag is searched, if we put metal detectors in every public building, if we put bomb-sniffing dogs on every street, tap every phone and cram every inch of our borders with concrete walls and video cameras and razor wire, then can things go back to the way they used to be? Will our nation be “secure” then?
The way I see it, the issue is not “If so-and-so is elected another attack will occur (example BJP),” but “If another attack is going to happen, it will happen regardless of who gets Elected.” The whole mess is insane, but when was the last time you heard a politician promise to stop people from dying in car accidents? If politicians weren’t worried about what people want to hear, they’d have told us by now that we will never be completely safe. I’ll say that again.
We will never be completely safe.
The world is a dangerous place, and it’s a lot smaller & flat than it used to be. We can’t just keep the bad parts at an arm’s length anymore. Even if we blot out terrorism, there are still car accidents, heart disease, natural disasters, school shootings, chainsaw killers, child molesters, asteroids, collapsing bridges, terrorists,naxals, bodo’s.
So what are you going to do? You can eat healthy, quit smoking, draw the shades, check the locks, get a gun, turn on the alarm, buy a mean dog, and travel everywhere in a bulletproof car, but someday, you’re going to be as dead as anyone else.
What are your priorities? What do you want from your life, because you can hide in your basement until the end of time worrying about the problems that you’ll never fix, or you can accept that life is dangerous and choose to live yours anyway. The world is chock-full of foul people who do terrible things, and there’s no reason we should ignore that. But if we can’t even push these things into the background every once in awhile, how are we supposed to cope?
So I say don’t spend your life worrying about all the things that can kill you, but don’t expect any of those things to go away either. If you’re scared, try to be brave and when the shit hits the fan and you can’t even do that anymore, at least try to hold steady. It’s been some years now. How about we stop letting fear run our lives & our Nation?
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