A New Yorker’s Life Perspective

By Alex Chan ‘18

Bombings, a rather uncomfortable topic to discuss about. It is both terrifying to citizens of such a densely populated city, as well as concerning. Just mid September in New York City, multiple small sized bombs were detonated in Manhattan and even more were found in places such as dumpsters that were not detonated. All the time, it makes us think about how we can change society to these kinds of inhumane actions from ever occurring again. But before we actually think about how we can prevent these kind of events from occurring again, we first must ask ourselves if we actually care enough to do so. And if we care, then how would it affect our lifestyles?

Vincent Balsamo ‘18 said, “It doesn’t really affect my day-to-day life, but it makes me a lot more aware of my surroundings. Which I guess is a good thing, It’s always good to be safe and try and protect yourselves.

I’ll find myself looking around the train and the subway stations for anything suspicious, staying constantly on my guard. I don’t go to the city as often anymore since things haven’t been so safe”, noted Christian Boyle ‘18. 

Occurrences such as bombings are unpleasant to the ear. And why wouldn’t they be? These events have the potential to kill many lives. In a large city like New York City, it makes it even worse because they have a potential of being placed in heavily dense areas that could affect tens to even a hundred people. Now with that being said, wouldn’t it seem natural to see changes in our behavior? Sure they may not be as drastic as we think, but it changes our mentality a bit. It makes us think about the possibilities of these events occurring, and so we tend to pay more attention to the environment, look for anything suspicious, try different routes to our daily destinations and whatnot. And although it may not be as extreme as being full out paranoid, it is still an important change in our mentality that we have to notice in order to acknowledge the fact that we actually do care. And this especially is true to those who live in the vicinity in which the bombings occurred and even more so.

Manish Ghosh ’18 said, “At first when the news comes out, we are bound to be scared and alerted. These bombings occur out of nowhere and it does affect the way you move forward to a certain point. Living in NYC, we have seen bigger incidents occur but to realize that something similar happened was shocking at first. These bombings however didn’t  change how I do things in life. In fact as the weeks went by, the fact these incidents occurred seemed to also be pushed aside.” 

Although this may sound bizarre to others, some people aren’t affected by these events. In fact, there is an alarming number of people who don’t change up their lifestyle because of events like this. In some ways, this is sort of natural. At first, when news channels report on the bombings, it shocks us and in some cases even terrifies us. But where it most hits home is to those that live the closest to the incident. Now to those who don’t live near the reported site of the incident, over the course of a week or two, the subject seems to fade from our minds and only slightly if not doesn’t affect our lifestyle anymore. What does that tell us? It doesn’t tell us that we don’t care, but rather that people in NYC are used to these things. We don’t let these kinds of incidents get in our heads and mess with them. We don’t panic about these kinds of things because if we do, it gets even harder to solve problems like this. The second step in solving a problem is to always keep a clear and calm mind so rational decisions are made. The first? Realizing that there is a problem, but NYC has already recognized it.

Inspirational Quote:The safety of the people shall be the highest law.”- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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