Okay. This is a rant because I am sick and tired of hearing that we all expect the US Government to make our lives safer.
Hey, driving down the road isn’t safe. Shit, even taking a shower isn’t safe. People are injured and some die from slipping and falling in the fucking shower.
Shit, we can get the flu which can turn in to deadly pnemonnia (sp). But you don’t hear people screaming at the government to make us safer from the flu. We accept the risk if we choose not to take the flu shot. Some risk getting sick from the flu shot as well.
Airlines. Ugh, I never felt those tin cans in the air where very safe anyway, so having air-marshalls, strengthened cockpits and all the other stuff they are attempting to do will not help my plane if flying through a windshear. It happened here in 1991. Two miles from the airport a plane went nose first in the ground. No one survived. It’s a risk. It’s just more hieghtened now that the attacks happened.
Okay, so you undercook a chicken – you may get salmonella. If can get hepatitis from eating at a restaurant. You can get hit by a car in a cross walk. You could die from CO poisoning in your home.
I could go on.
The thing is, we have to quit focusing on SAFER. Life isn’t safe, it never has been and never will be.
Safer – it’s all I hear.
Here’s what I have to say about “being safer.” Stay in your home, never leave. Turn off all electricity and gas. Get rid of all matches…oh wait, better yet, just bunker yourself in a bomb shelter. Pray that none of the food and water you brought with you doesn’t have a small microbe to make you ill and you die because you can’t get to a doctor.
Okay, here’s what normal people do. Yes, I am somewhat normal, occassionally I flake out, I know this but sheesh, this is histeria gone out of control.
Think about the issues confronting YOU. If you work in a high risk area or building, ask yourself if working there gives you the satisfaction that outweighs the risks.
If you live in Buttfuck, Kansas or even some more populated areas, you have very little reason to be afraid of terroristic activities. If you live in New York, you probably risk getting mugged or raped more than you do getting anthrax.
Life can’t be safer, there’s just more for people to think about. Shit, I would be more afraid of a vicious dog than an envelope or even (as chicken shit as I am about planes) an airplane.
It’s not safer, it can’t be, it’s just a new risk we need to learn to contend with.