Amidst all of the hype and excitement of this year’s World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, another nasty reminder rears its ugly head – the issue of security.
It is something we have to live with in 21st century America (or for that matter, the world). Magnetometers, radiation detectors, bomb sniffing police dogs, ad nauseam! After the tragedy which defined the Boston Marathon in April of this year, I believe no major sporting event will ever be the same.
As a matter of fact, our local football team instituted a decree (now an NFL policy) which restricts women bringing in their handbags, and they must settle for a demeaning clear plastic shopping bags to insure that all of the contents are visible – that plus a frisk/pat-down and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee – not Starbucks even.
Our modern lives (and the extreme security) has been defined by 9/11. In essence, we put into place a series of paranoid preparations, and somehow we lose sight of our humanity and somehow, the decency and respect that should be afforded all citizens. Remember, so we can be safe, you are considered “suspect” before being proven innocent by the authorities at the gate. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish having security even if it means some delays, or some humiliating precautions.
Does this guarantee us of a safe future, not to say enjoying a game or activity? Nothing is a guarantee in this day and age…..or is it? You be the judge; I am going to stay home and enjoy the games, simply for the fact that I can’t afford tickets :-) Go Cardinals, beat the Sox!