July 28, 2005

"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."
A sign in Nottinghill tube station reads:

Please do not run on the platforms or concourses. Especially if you are carrying a rucksack, wearing a big coat or look a bit foreign. This notice is for your own safety. Thank you.
There you go! Warnings like this instilling fear into everybody. Over at Sepia Mutiny a commenter says:

Everyone is looking at the Indians and black people funny (because the bombers were black too!) - but all the Indians are looking at each other funny too.

Harry's place discusses the funny looks and suggests transparent backpacks for those who are adamant to use it. Although funny it may seem, but people are actually resorting to things like this:

As I'm an Asian male that's been getting suspicious looks, I've taken to carrying a bottle of wine as if I'm taking it home for dinner. It's ironic, I don't even like wine, but it's a clear visual symbol that says I'm not a fanatic Islamic bomber.

Many more such discomforts are stated in this BBC article.

Surely paranoia is gripping the Londoners and people elsewhere in the world:

In Bangladesh: A question asked to a Muslim Visa requestee by an EU country Visa councellor: Do you know how to make bombs?

The question now is, 'how to conquer this fear'?

"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear." -Budhdha

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