I recently picked up my nephew from the airport in Cleveland.
On the way there, I heard a radio advertisement asking me if I had enough food and bottled water in my home in case of an emergency. Do I? I vowed to purchase more bottled water and canned food.
Then, at the airport, I noted a sign which read that the threat level for domestic and international flights is orange, which means there is a significant risk of terrorist attack. Did this upset me? No. I continued on my way to pick up my nephew and didn't even think about terrorists. Should I have?
We are bombarded with warnings about threats to our safety. If we paid attention to these in a serious way, we wouldn't ever leave our houses. We eat foods even though they may cause cancer; we sit lethargically in front of our TVs, even though lack of exercise is not healthy. We live in a truly dangerous world, and we have our little routines that give us a false sense of security. Remove your shoes, pass through a metal detector, and your plane won't be blown up.