“Be your own hero.” The words hit me like a bolt of lightning (I’ll explain why later). I was at my office having coffee with a colleague and discussing the changing (declining) status of the world we live in. We started talking about the rash of random shootings and how they have, ironically, improved our nation’s geographical knowledge. Very few people had ever heard of Aurora, Colo.; Isla Vista, Calif.; or Newtown Conn., before deranged gunmen decided to take their personal grudges out on innocent people. Now the names evoke equal parts sympathy and infamy in the minds of many Americans.
The conversation then turned to how to use these situations to encourage general preparedness. For example, countless times people have gone to the movies and texted or talked their way through the “Please take time to make note of the nearest exit” message displayed before the feature presentation. After the shooting in Aurora, however, patrons were discreetly and independently scoping out the nearest exits well before being prompted to do so.
Why the shift?