January 26, 2010

Everyone keeps saying, “Americans are concerned about terrorism.” One of those blanket statements.

But I’m not concerned about terrorism. I’m concerned about drunk drivers and heart attacks and our poor educational system and the healthcare system and and and…

I see terrorism as a police action, not a war. And fewer people die from terrorist attacks than heart attacks and suicide and and and…

In a literature course in college, we were discussing Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town.” Over and over the point is made that this play is about “everyone” and happens in “anytown” and is the parable of “everyman” (and everywoman).

Nope. Not me. Didn’t resonate with me. Wasn’t my story or my family’s story or my culture experience.

I’m an American and I’m not concerned about terrorism. There are other bigger things I’m concerned about for the world and for my family and my friends and neighbors. “Our Town” isn’t my life, either.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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