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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 07/07/2005

I know it is trite to say that the bombings in London today put everything in perspective but they do. I was planning to write something this morning about some of my latest exploits and thoughts on various things but somehow all that seems insignificant. Listening to the radio and the talk of suicide bombing it is clear just how fragile our culture is and open to this type of attack. I am by nature an optimist. I rarely believe that things are incapable of change but I just donít see how is it ever going to be possible to make arrangements to protect people against the possibility that someone might choose to blow themselves and others up. The most privileged people in the west, indeed even our poorest people, take safety and security for granted. We expect to live into old age and see our children outlive us. That's an expectation which has been brutally shattered for the people who are victims of today's incidents. I'm talking here not just about the people themselves who have been killed or injured but their families and friends as well.
But the rest of us will, and should be, affected deeply by what's happened. The fear and insecurity that incidents like today bring right into our homes and our hearts should sensitise us to the fact that this is how people in other cultures live every day. It should bring a sense of proportion to our lives, encourage empathy and induce a sense of humility.

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