It is indeed magical thinking in Gumshoe’s way of thought that any of us humanoids can go about our daily lives within our own false personal protective bubble.
This misbegotten feeling of being insulated or even personally isolated from the long tendrils of violence that have enveloped our present civilized society. Stinking thinking to be sure me hardies.
Nothing is certain and an awful lot of things, occurrences, and happenings can and will appear within the guise of unpredictability. Believe it and live it! Existence has always been precarious.
The saying of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for the hapless (helpless) victim seems all too commonplace nowadays. Boo hoo!
The sad truth based upon four-plus decades of Gumshoe’s law enforcement experience is that the majority of victims are volunteers who failed or feared to act. Period! End of story –contact the next of kin.
The solution is to practice a good sense of situational awareness no matter where you may find yourself. Don’t be oblivious to the obvious.
The shopping mall, at a theater, inside a business, at home, waiting in traffic, walking your dog, picking up fast food, kneeling at church, etc. All soft targets including the so-called “Gun Free Zones”. Don’t make me laugh!
My old long departed Marine Corps D.I., Gunnery Sergeant Peters would hammer into our Parris Island recruit naïve brains the following admonishment:
Take your right hand and grab your right ear. Take your left hand and grab your left ear. Now pull your head out of your asses and wake the #%$& up! A dead Marine is no use to anyone!
The ever-present threat of violence, personal harm, and jeopardy to the well-being of yourself and of your loved ones just may be in front of your nose. A healthy sense of paranoia coupled with a plan of action is a sure path to survival my friends.
Listen to your body clues called intuition. These clues (something or someone just doesn’t feel right) will never lie to you and they have your best interest at heart. Don’t rationalize or minimize! Maximize your God-given survival instinct.
Fight or flight is our factory-installed default for survival. Freeze is never a good option unless you want to be a chalk outline on the pavement. Be aware of your sixth sense for survival and act upon it as if your life depended upon it — it does!
Now repeat after me, “Grab your right ear . ..”
Remember to love the ones who love you and really try to love the ones who don’t.