I was sorry to see that a woman was attacked in Washington Park yesterday. But I wasn’t surprised. That’s not because I think Washington Park is a particularly dangerous place, but because, well, shit happens. And it happens everywhere to some degree. We don’t need to go off the deep end here.
After 9/11, I was amazed at how panicked and shocked so many people were that terrorism could happen here. Well, duh. Terrorism, like shit, happens. Even here. And while it was fine that people finally understood this, it was pathetic how many overreacted to what happened. It was fear born of ignorance mostly. A blindness to what the world is like. It was this fear that the Bush administration has cynically harnessed for its own purposes (and continues to exploit).
Crime is going to happen. Planes are going to crash. Cars re going to wreck. Nutcases show up places with guns and shoot people. We can take steps to minimize these occurrences, but they are still going to happen sometimes. It does no good to let the fear overcome you and disrupt your life.
Which gets me back to Washington Park. It’s still a wonderful and relatively safe place. It’s no more dangerous than it was a week ago. Taking a few minor precautions, that should be taken anywhere, is all you need do. Enjoy life.