posted on Nov, 17 2002 @ 02:36 AM
A good question, and you must ask yourself is the reason we won't heed warning going to be the "Don't Cry Wolf" reason or the "FIRE!" reason?
Mine is the "FIRE!" reason.
The "Don't Cry Wolf" reason is or should be obvious enough, after enough "warnings" (and we've had plenty) you lose concern and stop paying
The "FIRE!" one may be a little less obvious, it deals with psychology of how a person acts in a fire.
Contrary to popular belief, people rarely panic in fire situation. In fact it is just the opposite. If you were to scream Fire in a crowded theater
and then run out, chances really are that the people will continue to shove popcorn in their faces.
Numourous studies have concluded this, among some of the most famous is the "arson" study. Where they paid a few kids to go into a store and light
a fire in one of the item racks. They left and the rack burst into flames and the camera of the store caught the fact that people in the line NOTICED
the rack was on fire, but nobody spoke up to tell the person in back, the store owner. They simply talked to themselves about if they should, and as
if THAT wasn't enough, then a mother and her two children entered, she paused a moment seeing the flaming rack, but then shrugged it off and
"avoided" it but continued to try and buy what she was after.
This is a common problem and it goes for ALL warnings.
We all have a prescribed habit of sorts, and it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to break yourself out of. This is why the the Subways in Japan rotate their
worker's postition every hour randomly, to keep them alert so if there were a fire they'd immediately respond to it. Rather then sit there and
think it's nothing.
It has to do with the lack of imediate danger, as with fire, terrorist warnings lack imediate dangers. In a fire situation usually it starts small,
stays the same a short bit, then explodes out of control before anyone could have done anything. Same with terrorism, you are warned, you follow your
routine ignoring the warning, then it really happens and you think to yourself, woooo that was a close one, I better be more prepared. But because of
the HUGE amount of time between attacks, you never actually prepare. You panic and buy stupid crap like gas masks, and then forget about them.
Well anyways...I made this longer then I had to but Fire Psychology is pretty funny although deadly
Anyways...I'm the "FIRE!" person, I am not changing my routine just so I can be a bit safer from "terrorists"