I don’t live in California nor am I an American citizen. But I care about the LAX Shooting. And I don’t care who you are, where you live or what your nationality is. You should care too. Here’s why.
The last time I went to the US was three years ago. Through LAX.
It doesn’t matter if you were there or not when the incident happened. What matters is you have been to where the incident took place and you could have been there now. Or it could have happened when you were there.
My mom and sister, who are in California right now, will be flying home tomorrow. Through LAX.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to where the incident took place. What matters is someone you love will soon be there and they wouldn’t feel as safe as they’re supposed to. And you wouldn’t feel as calm and comforted as you normally would. They will be haunted by the fact that they are in a place where someone has been killed, where someone has killed, and where someone might kill again. And you probably won’t be able to sleep all too well knowing that either.
My mom and sister, who will be flying home tomorrow, were supposed to fly home today. Through LAX.
Really. I can’t even describe how hard that realization struck me.
You see, it doesn’t matter that you were in the right place at the right time, that you were anywhere but LAX at anytime but today. You should care because that doesn’t guarantee that you will never be at the wrong place at the wrong time. With everything that’s been going on throughout the world, the right place today could very well be the worst place tomorrow. The right time right now could be the worst time in the next five seconds.
If these aren’t enough, I’m hoping this is – that one person who died? Well, that could have been you. And frankly, if you don’t care about this or any other tragedy that has happened to anyone but you, then you’re just increasing the chances of it happening to you.