Where the hell is Osama?
by John in DC – 8/20/2006 09:33:00 PM
I wonder why the blogosphere thinks it’s useful to point out obvious things and essentially play the same game that the politicians they love to hate play?
Yes, Osama bin Laden is still out there. As are a lot of other terrorist leaders or political leaders who don’t exactly follow the rules. I agree that they are a threat, but the public is misperceiving how dangerous of a threat they are thanks to how all media (not just the big guys) are writing and talking about it.
Call me crazy, but I’m almost certain that car crashes kill more people in a year than terrorist’s actions. Or for that matter, cancer. Or AIDS. I’m willing to bet on a global scale, terrorism is well down the list of threats. And yet it’s one of the predominant things in the media.
I’m more likely to die just walking across the street than I am boarding a plane, but if I let that fear of dying stop me from crossing the street, where would I be? No where. Life is about taking risks, big or small, and sometimes we take them without even realizing it.
You’re sitting in a restaurant and a glass of water is set down in front of you to sip on while you decide what to order off of the menu. 90% of the time, you pick up the glass and take a sip or gulp without thinking. We trust the restaurant that they’re serving clean water and we trust the server hasn’t tainted it in some way. If we were paranoid about the water being poisoned, either our meals would take forever while we analyze everything, or restaurants would simply not exist anymore.
I think we all need to become a little more real with our lives and return to our roots: family units and communities. Stop the media from telling us what to be scared of and how we should be living, and start figuring it out for ourselves.
If we can’t trust ourselves to judge right from wrong, how are we to trust our leaders from knowing?