Are we becoming accustomed to the threat of terrorism?

There was something interesting about the reaction to the attempted terrorist attack in New York City this week. While people were alarmed and concerned, there didn’t seem to be much panic or distress beyond those who were directly affected.

That may be because the attack wasn’t successful, or because New Yorkers are a resilient people who know their city is a constant target. But I suspect there is something more at play. We are, unfortunately, becoming accustomed to the threat of terrorism in our daily lives.

After a year of attacks on streets and at concerts, we are no longer shocked when violence occurs. Terrorism is starting to become like crime: we deplore it, we do everything we can to stop it and fight it, but we know that it won’t go away. On the one hand, it’s sad that it’s come to this, on the other, perhaps it’s healthier to acknowledge reality rather than overreact. This type of threat will be in our lives for some time. Like the people of New York, we might as well get used to it and keep it in perspective.

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