Noise and Sounds: How I can't sense the danger

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I've always wondered how some people choose danger over safety.

Submitted: August 10, 2017

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I’ve always wondered how people could be so insensitive to war. Not the pain and death, but rather the sounds of it; the noise created by the chaos. I heard tales of people living their everyday lives as buildings crumble around them.

 

Then It hit me, metaphorically, as a helicopter flew by my house.

I live near a military base. Helicopters pass by multiple times a day, very close to my house. So, close the dishes shake in the cupboards.

What I understood right then and there was that I wasn’t scared. But I should have been right? Helicopters are war machines. And yet when one passes I can’t help but roll my eyes, as my concentration gets tested. It's annoying more than anything.

If I had to say, the noise created by them is so ingrained in my everyday life that I have normalized it.

Did I tell you? When I was a child, Santa came down in a helicopter.

 

If I take this idea and push it one step future, what would be the result? If one, two, three of these machines went down, midday in a high-density city, shaking the building on their paths. Would everyone just think that this was normal? Or would they wonder where the danger is?

And so, I have realized that I have become immune to the noise. Immune to the possibility of danger. Yes, the danger is on a whole different level, but now I see better why some mistake these sounds for background noises.


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