How Safe Is America: Why is it a competition?
April 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
When I first read Desiree Taylor’s “How Safe Is America?,” I certainly had a few different opinions on it. After reading it, I just sort of brushed the first part of the essay off; that is until we discussed it in class. It was made aware of the blatant fact that she is judging this woman, who just came from the wreckage of 9/11. She judges her on her clothes, and her hair, and well, to put it simply, who the hell does that? Let’s think of it in a more common but still very realistic and devastating situation. Imagine you just witnessed a car crash and you stopped to the side of the road to check on everyone involved, call 911, what have you. If you had any sort of consideration for your fellow human beings, I don’t think you would pull someone out of the wreckage and think, “Oh wow, just look at that God awful sweater he/she is wearing. How dare they?” If someone did think that, well, they have other problems on their hands other than thinking how safe this country may be.
Going along with this idea, I am not the biggest fan of comparing one fear to another. This is something that people I used to hang around did all the time. We all had something “wrong” with us and our lives weren’t the best, but people seemed to want to make it into a competition of who had it worse. Even then I just wondered, why are we doing this? Why are we making this into a competition? Does anything really get accomplished if we just fight about who has it worse, or instead are we just going to join together with the pure fact that we all have something wrong with us and try to make it better? It seems that in this essay, Taylor is doing just that, trying to make it seem like some people’s problems are less important than others. Coming out of a burning, broken tower is a huge deal. And so is barely able to stay afloat in life. So why are we discussing who has it worse and why aren’t we just trying to make it better for everyone?