When a truck plowed into crowds of people at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice earlier this year, however, I made the decision that I wanted to occasionally open myself up to current events in the subjects that I choose. Not only was the event incredibly tragic and heartbreaking (86 souls were taken, and another 307 were injured), but the way in which they were murdered changed the dynamic of terrorist attacks going forward.
This wasn't a subway bomb or a coordinated attack by well-armed psychopaths. This was a man with a truck determined to hurt as many people as possible. Anyone could get into a truck and do the very same thing. It doesn't require training or planning. It just requires an unstable mind and the will to murder.
Most of us have probably spent little time thinking about this event since the days just after it happened. This defense mechanism is critical to our survival. If we spent our days mulling over the many threats that surround us we'd likely never leave the house. But that doesn't mean that something like this doesn't seep into our unconscious mind, forever changing the way in which we view the world. After all, isn't it easy now to imagine something like this happening at the next public event you plan on attending?