My Daily Photo Walk: A Matter of Trust
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16 - East St. 1 16 - East St. 2 As I do my walks, I am always running scenarios through my head of what the blog entry will say. Today I was in a bit of a rush to get to a meeting, so I parked at Shab Row and walked along East Street, following some alleys and side streets as I found them.
While walking down Winpigler Alley, there was an open window above, and I heard the news coming from a television. There was a commentary about how the French will not let terrorism win -- they won't live in fear. I know that we echoed the same sentiments after 911. We let the terrorists win if we live in fear.
Hearing that commentary as I was walking really made me think. There are many ways our trust in our safety has been broken, and yet we have no choice but to trust. I trust that when I drive through an intersection, other drivers will obey the traffic signals. When I make salad with lettuce and cucumbers, I trust that the vegetables have not been contaminated with salmonella. When I pick up a prescription, I trust that the pharmacist has given me not only the correct medication, but the proper dosage information.
16 - East St. 3 16 - East St. 4 All of the examples I cited have been in the news for violations of that trust: drivers run red lights; contaminated food causes illness; medical mistakes cause death. But these examples don't deter me from driving, or eating salad, or taking a medication.
The terrorism acts recently committed will not stop us (or the French) from flying, from attending soccer games or concerts, or even from sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe. We let the terrorists win if we change our way of life and sacrifice our freedom of choice, of travel, or our ways of living.
16 - East St. 5 While these thoughts may not directly relate to my photo walks, in small ways, there is a lot of trust involved in doing what I do. I trust that drivers will obey the red light when the pedestrian crosswalk sign tells me it's safe to step off the curb (but I always look both ways). I trust that no one I encounter will accost me for my camera or my purse. As I walk through wooded areas and fields, I trust that wild animals are more afraid of me than I am of them. Most of all, I trust that there are readers out there who look forward to and faithfully read my blog and look at my photos. It is because I live in a free country that I am even able to walk where I want and photograph what I see and write freely about my experiences every day.
Acts of terrorism destroy our trust in many things. May they not destroy our resolve to remain free and live free.
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