Security Theatre: the Incorrect Response to Terrorism
An important excerpt:
The things we fear most may be least likely to occur, which means the time, trauma and treasure we invest in them is a complete waste.
Security itself is an illusion. It is a perception that exists only between our ears. No army, insurance policy, hazmat team, video surveillance or explosive sniffer can protect us from our own immune system, a well-intentioned but clumsy surgeon, failing to look before crossing the street, an asteroid randomly hurtling through space or someone willing to die in order to do others harm.
In this sense, the only things that can truly make us more “secure” are not things. They are the courage to face whatever comes with dignity and intention, and the strong relationships that assure we will face the future together, and find comfort and meaning in doing so.
Imagine, then, what might happen if we simply quit listening to the scaremongers and those who profit from our paranoia. Imagine what the world could look like if we made a conscious choice to live out whatever time we have with courage, compassion, service and joy.
Terrorism is an act of the weak. But so is walking through the airport in our socks.
We can make better choices.
Emphasis is mine. I have been waiting a long time for someone to write this article and I didn’t even realize it. Terrorists don’t win on their own: we have to let them. I will not sacrifice my freedoms because I am afraid. Not ever.
It’s turning out to be quite the political day on my LJ, isn’t it?