a reply to: ignorant_ape
This sort of thing is very concerning.
There are, in my opinion, two very normal, natural and healthy ways to move through the universe. One of them is to accept that life comes with
risks, and do things anyway, without changing the slightest thing about what you were going to do, taking what licks you get along the way and not
caring that they happened in the slightest.
The other healthy response to potential threats, is to prepare yourself as best you can for them, get out in the world, and crush every obstacle
presented, using the preparation you made previously as a foundation for handily surviving everything the world throws at you, learning as you gain
But to not do things simply because their are risks involved seems entirely ridiculous. People who drive down my street, are regularly seen to scream
round the 90 degree corners of our street, and hammer it down the narrow road at speeds well in excess of the limit, despite the close confines, the
presence of consumers and their children on the shopping parade, and the like. Those drivers who do these insane things down this street do not care
for the safety of pedestrians in the slightest bit. That does not mean that one should not cross the street. It merely means that either one must be
very careful when doing so, or one must simply not mind much what the consequences might be, and get about life as if there are none.
Its the same with these excursions. Its the same with ANYTHING! Every time I visit London, every time I take a train, every time I go to a gig or a
festival, there is a chance that something untoward might happen, or I might be caught up in some negative event, a terrorist (UK government
sponsored) atrocity perhaps, or a massive accident. A plane could crash onto the festival site, the train I take to London (on the rare chance I get
to go) could crash into a station, slaying everyone in the first three carriages, and causing horrific injury to everyone rearward of that. All things
are possible. But living in fear is not living, and surviving is not enough.
There is a certain, minimum amount of either courage or willful ignorance, required of every human being, in order that they get about their lives
regardless of potential threats to their person. Its not much courage which is required. We are not talking about running into burning buildings, or
facing down knife wielding thugs to save a strangers life. We are only talking about the necessary courage to say to oneself "If this be the day I
die, let me face the day without fear, with curiosity, with joy, with acceptance. Let those who remain to mourn me say, that despite the fact we live
in a dangerous world, I was never afraid to LIVE, rather than just try to survive it".