Candice: I was going to write a blog today about all the terrible killings that have happened recently, the British aid worker and the two British tourists in Thailand. But I got half way down and thought, ‘I’m not really sure where this is going.’ The point of it would be to discuss that there surely is more to life than this and I don’t think any death is justified.
I’ve traveled and have been in some hairy situations but thank god I’ve never been close to something like this. I have friend who was mugged in South Africa but even she admits she went walking in the dark and probably shouldn’t have done. However, I’ll like my daughter to grow up in a world where she can take a few chances, as every one I’ve ever done (where I’ve looked back and though OMG did I really do that) has paid off and made me the person I am. But I don’t want to not ever to be able to travel, on her own, because the world isn’t safe.
I take solace in the fact that these are isolated incidents and don’t happen to every one but they still happen. What can we do about it, well not that much as some people are programmed wrong, but in other cases good education must help. As a part of that escapism and reading a good story must be key. I’ve read a lot about murder over the years, but it doesn’t mean I want to kill someone (well only at certain times of the month :)) but that release, the escape of a story has certainly helped relax the mind and soothe the soul.
I’m going away soon and I’m looking forward to some unadulterated time with a good book. The time where I can concentrate for a few hours and finish a book in a few days rather than the weeks or months it takes me at the moment. And part of that will come the escape from everyone and everything.
I’m not going to be patronising and say these people wouldn’t kill if they read a good book. But for the rest of us its a good place to start if you need to relax.