As I’m standing there, I feel someone coming up behind me and then running into me. Of course, with anti-Semitic attacks prominent and growing, I may have been at a slightly higher state of alert, and I turn around ready for whatever or to give someone a few choice words…And then I see the cane from a blind person.
So even in these times, when there are gangs, drugs, violence, and anti-Semitism, and “we can’t be careful enough” (especially given our long, deep history of religious persecution), at the same time, we need to judge our fellow man favorably first and foremost, and still we must be prepared for, G-d forbid, the worst at any time.
I took this photo a while back on the Metro to/from Washington, D.C.
It combines the seemingly normal person on the way to/from work listening to music and reading the newspaper with wearing a pretty scare face mask.
It reminds me of the horror movie, “The Purge,” where people are permitted one night a year to commit crimes and murder others “legally” as a venting mechanism for social unrest and to help eliminate crime and criminals.
Sitting across from this guy, you’re not really sure if he’s gonna finish reading the paper and walk off the train all nice or get up and start wiping people out left and right.
Big cities in the U.S. can be scary places, and the mass transportation systems are one of those places where you don’t always feel safe.
Maybe a mask is just a mask until G-d forbid, one day, it isn’t.