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the threat to our safety?

I was walking behind this 'hoodie' on Bond Street yesterday and thinking to myself if this guy had a knife tucked somewhere in his copious jacket... It's strange how the most serious threat to our society now is not even external 'Russian bombers' or 'Islamic Militants' bent on demonstrating whatever it is that should be demonstrated. Instead, we are on the verge of imploding on ourselves with society in a terrible state of affairs and our moral compass vacillating faster than a tuning fork!

The only person who'll be brave enough to hug this guy in front of me is probably his mother (and David Cameron)! The debate on how to tackle knife crime and the 'yob' culture will rage for a while in my opinion because, unfortunately, we have no idea of what is right and what is not anymore...

anyone care to disagree?

the threat to our safety?

I was walking behind this 'hoodie' on Bond Street yesterday and thinking to myself if this guy had a knife tucked somewhere in his copious jacket... It's strange how the most serious threat to our society now is not even external 'Russian bombers' or 'Islamic Militants' bent on demonstrating whatever it is that should be demonstrated. Instead, we are on the verge of imploding on ourselves with society in a terrible state of affairs and our moral compass vacillating faster than a tuning fork!

The only person who'll be brave enough to hug this guy in front of me is probably his mother (and David Cameron)! The debate on how to tackle knife crime and the 'yob' culture will rage for a while in my opinion because, unfortunately, we have no idea of what is right and what is not anymore...

anyone care to disagree?

comments (8)

hoodies!!! Gawd they scare me, i really think they should be banned.
Abisola Fatokun: You're right, tinuke. they do scare people because of what they 'represent'. thanks for dropping by!
  • sara
  • earth
  • 25 Aug 2007, 04:25
i know knife culture is way bigger in the UK than in Canada (where i am). gun culture is massive in america - so i avoid it at most times) --

i wear a big black hoodie often though. and not because i am meaning to conceal weapons, more because i dont wish to be seen. also, they keep you warmer than white ones, and when you live rough they dont seem to get so nasty dirty as fast - so most urban people wear dark colours. to blend in is what you need. to be a 'yob' or a 'skid' 'trick' 'banger' whatever.. sure, you dont want to hand them your baby... but humanity has to start with you and me - so maybe next time you see a guy in a hoodie - tell yourself: "he's a misundersood artist with a headcold." see if that helps.

about your particular threats for bombings and other threats in the UK. that is real. but, in my own outside opinion, these small threats are reactions to events that are being perpetrated outside the UK by the UK forces and Government itself. this is the same for thr US and Allied forces. hmmm.. long reply.

~S.
Abisola Fatokun: thanks Sara. I understand what you mean about the 'utility' of hoodies. I wear hoodies myself in the winter. It's just that there is a stigma that is currently attached to hoodies and those who wear them (especially if they are within a certain age range)

I must confess that if I see someone who fits this profile, I will find it quite difficult to tell myself that he's a 'misunderstood artist' :p
But I will try. I am only human smile

thanks again!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Aug 2007, 08:55
To add to what Sara has so eloquently written, I'm afraid we have built a society that fears fear itself. I'm not sure how we can break out of the patterns being perpetuated. But it IS up to each one of individually to decide if we will buy into fear. What is the balance between being careful (and not stupid) and still going on with life as usual, believing in Good and Well-Being as our modus operandi!

Good thought-provoking pic and accompanying text, Bisola.
Abisola Fatokun: Thanks Ginnie. I appreciate your candid viewpoint of fear and succumbing to it. I think I've bought this one hook, line and sinker though wink
Last month, I waded in to separate a fight between a 16 year old (in hoodies) and an 11 year old, and the little boy was being pounded in every exposed part of his body! The bigger boy was probably only tempered by the fact that he was being held by a big black guy although he kept struggling against me. If he had a knife, it'd be a different issue entirely, I'm sure.
These little boys who have grown up idolising eminem and the like will try to act out the scenes in the lyrics and movies they watch and will have no fear of repercussions because they don't think long-term. And that is the worry.
I'd better stop smile Thanks for dropping by, though...
I think this is a very powerful image, relevant to what is happening in our society at the moment. I totally agree with what Ginnie has said - you do have to be careful but not so fearful that it stops you doing what you want in life. And this poor guy has probably got his hoodie up because it's pouring with rain - if this was taken in London on Thursday afternoon, I can understand how he felt - I wished I had had one!
Ingrid
Abisola Fatokun: This WAS taken in London on Thursday afternoon smile I wished I had one as well!! :p well spotted Ingrid!
Nice one wink....Keep going!
Abisola Fatokun: Thanks ChaCha! Keep visiting smile
A nice idea and very creative picture - Bravo !!
Abisola Fatokun: Thank you! I had started to run out of ideas on a rainy day and I thought to capture the object of my thoughts at that moment wink
o ti bere!
soon this will turn into a politico-blog :p
Abisola Fatokun: ki ni mo se? I promise I will keep politics out of this blog, deji! Thanks for dropping by.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Sep 2007, 08:15
Cool shot !!!

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