sab39 wrote:I'll just go with what's been mentioned several times already and send "Evacuate buildings now!" over the World Trade Center PA system at about 8:15am on Sept 11 2001...
(half an hour should be enough time to evacuate both towers, right?)
This makes me think about people heeding warning. We can warn, but will people listen? If we went to Pompei and gave the population a week to move, would they listen? If we were able to somehow able to pull the fire alarm on the world trade center a half hour before the planes hit, would the workers leave the office,or would the pressures of business cause them to take a chance? Would people stay out, or word they sneak back in after having a twenty minute break?
This is of course why schools have fire drills. To get kids used to leaving a building without question. Kids we want to keep safe, adults have a choice. Even with older kids it is hard to get them to walk in the grass. They would rather take the chance on being blown up than getting their shoes dirty.
Which means that one could probably go back to Columbine at 11:00 April 20, 1999 and pull the fire alarm and everyone would evacuate, and maybe the shooters might give up, or maybe they would have gone bowling again the next day, and the sheer lameness of that game might have once again turned them into indiscriminate murderers.
So I guess the best thing to do is just to live with the hand we are dealt and try to improve the lives of the future. We can either spend out live complaining we live on the side of a volcano, or we can simply be thankful for the rich farm land, and have a contingency plan if we feel an eruption.