Has anyone else noticed how when something bad happens, suddenly everything even remotely resembling ANY circumstance surrounding the bad thing becomes news?
What brings up the subject is Ophelia. Ophelia is no less than the 17th hurricane to make landfall this season. Are you hearing me? And not only that, it’s a category one. That means it has 85 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. Are you kidding me? I’ve had 80 MPH winds and heavy rain at MY house, and I live in FRICKING KANSAS. The only thing I don’t have is the storm surge, which in a category one hurricane is little more than an abnormally high tide.
Remember after 9/11? Suddenly the only security issue that mattered to anyone was people getting on planes with box cutters. Then we decided that wasn’t enough, so we started taking matches, lighters, and nail clippers. Are you kidding me? First of all, terrorists are unlikely to try the same thing again, because they know that’s the ONE FRICKING THING we are anticipating now. Second, if they want to beat up a flight attendant, I doubt they’re going to need too many weapons besides their fists.
After the Oklahoma City bombing, suddenly we couldn’t have any kind of truck within 9 miles of a building. Are you kidding me? Millions of trucks have been parked by millions of buildings, and because ONE truck has a bomb in it, put there by a military trained nutjob, we’re going to stop normal business activities? Are you stupid?
After the tsunami in Asia, every time there was a 0.2 tremor somewhere in the ocean, everyone would start freaking out that this was the next tsunami, on it’s way to wipe out California. Are you kidding me? Earthquakes happen all over the world, all the time. Mathematically speaking, a tsunami of that magnitude, hitting heavily populated areas, areas without warning systems, is so incredibly minute, we shouldn’t even be discussing it.
Natural disasters and evil forces like terrorism are not predictable. There are infinite possibilities, and our feeble attempts to stop them by protecting against things that have already happened will ultimately prove fruitless. At least on a basic level, we have to acknowledge that natural disasters will continue to kill people regardless of our precautions, especially as long as we continue to live in disaster-prone regions, and terrorists will continue to find ways to kill and destroy until such day we wipe the entire fanatical religion out, or we give into their demands. There is not a third option.