06 April 2011

Culture Of Fear

"When I told my mother I was planning to ride my Vespa from San Francisco to New York, she gasped. She was not alone in her horror — I soon learned the common reaction was one of shock and fear. Many people expressed concern over every horrible thing that might happen to me on the road. One way of looking at my decision to go is that our freedom can be taken, in various ways, without warning — so why allow one's fear to take it? And everything "bad" that could have happened to me on the trip could happen to me anywhere, anytime, in the most seemingly benign environment ... bad things happen to give us the opportunity to realize there are no bad things. To not have gone would have been to turn my back on faith..."

–Shreve, Vespa Vagabond