Last week, there was something that I knew was coming, but due to a variety of factors, I was completely unprepared and failed my task. After that, I was more depressed than I had been in awhile. I also hadn’t felt so stupid in such a long time. I realized that maybe most of us aren’t as prepared as we thought. For instance, many people don’t have a basement, yet a basement is where you’re supposed to go when there is a twister or a tornado. Now it’s fine if there are rarely tornadoes where you reside, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe.
Let’s face it, it’s human to ignore threats until they are coming at us. We usually think something like, “Oh, no way am I going to get addicted to TV if I start using Netflix!” Next thing you know, your job or school is hating you, and it’s your fault. Yes… you, unfortunately.
A splendid video by Vsauce explains another part of our human mind, that we are more responsive to exotic, personal, erratic, or dramatic threats. The video contains an interesting world where in 1 of 18,750 harmless cigarettes there would be dynamite, therefore causing people to be mortified, killing people in a more exotic way, yet smokers die when they smoke 1 of 18,750 cigarettes, but people still smoke.
According to Emergency Management, most people don’t have an emergency kit or can’t be self-sustained for at least seventy-two hours for an emergency. I wasn’t surprised, as living in a 1st World Country has made us forget about the monsoons or the wars happening around the world, while taking for granted peace and relatively good weather (depends on where you live). I’m pretty sure most Americans live everyday not really worrying about weather or wars or famine, unless you have been watching too many zombie TV shows or movies or you’re preparing for the End Times… Moving away from the apocalypse, I don’t think many people even care about the recently ended wars in the Middle East, as I have sometimes asked my friends if they have been watching the news for terrorists and the wars, but surprisingly people don’t even know the name of the terrorist group responsible for 9/11!
Sometimes I say in my head, “Seriously guys, you don’t even know what our military is fighting for! Do you guys even care about Veterans Day or Memorial Day! You guys makes me wanna— !” Don’t worry, I don’t really want to punch anything, but the point is that as Americans, we are lazy and too carefree at times. At school, students aren’t prepared for higher level courses or bad teachers, or even worse, a combination of both. At work, adults have the struggle of trying to constantly find time for friends or family while trying to keep up on the bills or the house.
Speaking of taking blessings for granted, that’s another reason why we aren’t prepared. Since we don’t know how precious something is until it is taken or lost from us, we don’t really think about it. Of course, we have all the emergency plans for disasters and everything, but like I said before, most people aren’t really prepared. The point is that we aren’t mentally prepared for disasters and as shown by a Greek ferry accident, people become chaotic in disasters and fight to survive.
~Martin (Loquacious Magpie)
On another note, why doesn’t Alan and Dennis have 2 usernames as well? O.o