Amid Sri Lanka’s latest terrorist attacks during the Easter holidays have resulted into an increasing issues of security warnings by other governments.
Foreign governments, such as UK’s Foreign Office, Singapore’s MOA and the U.S. State Department have advised travellers to avoid all kind of “non-essential” travel activities to Sri Lanka. Authorities have stated that further attacks may be inevitable, especially on targets with a large proportion of foreign travellers.
We’ve been witnessing an increasing number of incidents where certain destinations have become a target of extremists groups that claim to be associated with religious motives. Back in 2015, the attacks on Paris’ football stadium Stade de France and its famous Bataclan theatre were another inhuman attack on people’s modern way of life.
But how should travellers handle these increasing incidents in a world where we become more and more interconnected? Are we condemned to narrow our way of life in order to live safely?
Terrorism has become a fact of life. We are still neglecting it.
Our modern world has allowed us to get connected with people from all walks of life and to acquire knowledge in a rapid amount of time. However, the danger of spreading falsifying information, conspiracy theories as well as a self-radicalisation have results in a peak of terrorist incidents around the world. But especially in the western world. We still condemn those incidents each and every time. And yet, we haven’t fully accepted the fact that terrorism has become a fact of life. It has become a risk in our everyday life.
This rejection can be harmful. It does not allow us to educate and teach other people or travellers about how to get best prepared for travel adventures. What kind of measures can you take to protect yourself? Where do you have to be cautious? Neglecting the fact that those events can occur will not allow ourselves to fully enjoy our trips and to fully unleash our curiosity in other world regions.
Terrorism wins if we narrow our way of life.
What is probably even more harmful is that neglecting terror in our modern world can truly impact our way of life. Every time we read and watch in the news about another horrible incident, people’s immediate reactions is to avoid that particular place for a period of time, in hope that in some other places it’s going to be less risky. Or they avoid visiting this place at all. If that’s the answer to those incidents, then those who seek to harm and bring darkness to our societies, have already won. They have successfully undermined our way of life.
That shouldn’t be our answer.
It’s our obligation to educate and to heal the curse.
Once those who are in charge of our governments and society fully embrace the fact that this has become a fact of life, we would be in a position to educate and teach those who are afraid to be the next target. But more importantly, our governments would take the necessary measures to educate the most vulnerable people in our society who are most likely to be impacted by conspiracies and who seek validation by other people to be “accepted.”
While the first priority is to enhance security measures for all people, it should also have measures in place that would prevent people from following organisations and other people who seek to undermine our way of life, our societies and seek to disorder harmony and tolerance amongst our peoples.