Add in paranoid rightwing, xenophobic, false piety,
Subtract civility, amity, tolerance, levelheaded sobriety,
Multiply the fear factor, caused by media instilled anxiety,
Divide further the already too fractured, factional society.
On May 5, 2016, a clueless, unworldly passenger aboard an American Airlines jet unjustifiably profiled her seatmate… suspected him of being a terrorist… this all escalating to the point where the accused, Guido Menzio, a renowned, University of Pennsylvania, economics professor was detained and questioned… and the flight was delayed by more than two hours. So why did this all happen?
Just because she didn’t understand the mathematical symbols… the differential equation… Menzio was jotting down on a pad of paper. Just because he was so absorbed in his work that he ignored her small talk. To get down to the actual reason… just because he wasn’t Caucasian enough for her liking.
True, a sensible level of caution in our post 9/11 world is not a bad idea… the key word being sensible. But, think about it for a moment.
If any airline passenger ever has evil intent, would not this person…
ADD in a bit more friendliness… you know… disarm suspicion by “killing” everyone with kindness?
SUBTRACT the aura of suspicion by doing the math at home instead of on the plane?
I think it’s a safe bet to say…
It is those, who no one ever suspects, in the least, who perpetrate terrorist acts that go down as planned.
Considering how Menzio was the injured party in this incident, it’s only fair that I yield the podium to the good professor… let him get in the final word… and… btw… being the consummate mathematician he is… he SUMMED up everything perfectly… Said he…
“Trump’s America is already here.”