From the Parish Priest

 

 

Security

 Dorothy offered to drop me at Poole Valley, so picked me up in her car at 5.30 a.m. She did not check my suitcase or ask if I had packed it myself, We just put it in the boot.

The coach for Gatwick arrived on time. The driver helped the passengers put the luggage in the bottom of the vehicle. He did not use an Xray machine, nor require that we open our bags for inspection. At the airport, multitudes of staff were demanding that we removed liquids and jells from our luggage, that we took off belts and shoes, that we walked through a scanner one by one. I caused the machine to bleep, so I was taken to one side and searched more thoroughly, even as I explained that the cause was probably my new hip..

Eventually, having had to be at the airport hours in advance in order for this searching to be completed,, we got on the plane to Glasgow. From Glasgow airport, a bus to the railway station.  No luggage search, no questions asked, nor when we boarded  the train to Oban, nor when we got on the ferry to Mull, nor for the rest of the journey.

 When we arrived on Iona for our six day stay in the Abbey centre, there were no locks on the doors of any bedrooms, or of the rest of the building, except, of course, for the loos. There were people there from all over the world, and lots of visitors and tourists. But there were no locks on the doors.

In the end, we have to trust each other. However hard we try, we will never find a completely safe place. I am not suggesting we abandon all security measures, but I do think we distort our lives by too often overreacting to isolated incidents. Terrorists win the war by reducing the freedoms of ordinary citizens, and we waste far too much time and money on measures which deal with potential threats which are, in fact, tiny in relation to the community as a whole.

Of course faith is risky – it exposes us to all sort of potential hurts. But love and trust go together, and we cannot live meaningful lives without them both.

Peter Wolfenden

 

 

 


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