Only a few short weeks ago, on this very website, I wrote about how our generation has had nothing to endure. I wrote that this lack of identity had led us to a lifestyle of self-indulgence and narcissism. I can safely say now that we do not live in an era with nothing to endure. In the last 4 months alone, there have been multiple terrorist attacks; London twice, Manchester, Brussels, Tehran. The list goes on and on. And for every one attack in the ‘West’ you can almost guarantee there’s half a dozen in Eastern countries. We don’t live in a faceless age, we live in the age of terrorism.
When the history books look back at the last thirty years it will be defined by America’s policing of the world, and global terrorism. Terrorism has become a regular part of life in today’s world. The threat is always present. Of course, there’s the argument that it may not have gotten any worse but rather the coverage of it has on social media and on news outlets. Whatever the case may be, it’s definitely a defining aspect of our world today
This fact makes doing anything anywhere a scary idea. Traveling is now proceeded by a feeling of dread and insecurity. Since the Manchester attack, concerts and music festival have become very obvious potential targets. Terrorism is tainting the happiness that comes with music events with danger, and fear.
The reality of the situation is that the danger cannot be controlled, and that’s the most important factor of it all. The attacks are random, they can happen anywhere at any time. They’re done by individuals who are embedded in the societies which they attack. It’s organised chaos and it’s impossible to predict and therefore, stop.
Each new attack brings with it the truth that it’s only getting worse and we can only really combat it after-the-fact, rather than prevent them.
It’s an interesting time to be alive, but it’s also a scary one.