Towards the end of last month, there was thought to be another terrorist attack in London; fortunately, it turned out that this wasn’t the case. After what was said to be “an altercation between two men on a platform”, one thing lead to another and the police triggered their protocol for terror attacks.

The Reaction

Since then, it has been said that this shows how much of an effect the terror attacks of the past have had on people. It is no longer necessary for them to have clear evidence that a terror attack is taking place - all it takes is for them to experience something unsettling.

A small or large trigger can put them into survival mode, and it will be as if their life is under threat. Bearing in mind what has happened in recent years and how much attention the mainstream media has given to terror attacks, it could be said that it is perfect normal for people to behave in this way.

The Greatest Need

There is one need that trumps just about every other need that a human being has – the need to survive. The average person is not going to want to do anything that could put their life at risk.

Even so, there is going to be no reason for someone to constantly be on the lookout for danger - that is unless they have experienced trauma. When someone has experienced some kind of trauma, it can set them up to be hypervigilant.

One Consequence

So, if someone has been involved in a terror attack or heard about them through the mainstream media, it could set them up to be on the lookout whenever they are in London, or anywhere else that has had at least one attack. At the same time, if one has had other experiences where they have experienced trauma, they could still respond in this way.

And even if someone hasn’t heard or seen anything that would make them believe that something isn’t right, they could start to panic if other people do. If other people are running, for instance, it could be enough to make them run, too.

Another Outcome

Alternatively, someone may have decided to no longer visit certain places, with these being seen as high risk areas. Therefore, if they do go somewhere like this, it could be a sign that they don’t have much choice.

For example, if one was going on holiday or has a meeting, they might have no other choice than to go somewhere that has had at least one terrorist attack. Still, there are going to be people who continue to visit the same places.

The Priority

After a terrorist attack has taken place, it is not uncommon to hear about how important it is to carry on as normal. In addition to this, another thing that is often said is that this won’t affect our way of life.

Based on how some people responded after what was thought to be a terror attack in London, it is clear how challenging it is to carry on as normal. Not only this, it could be said that carrying on as normal would be the last thing that someone should do.

Another Angle

For example, if someone’s car was damaged or another person’s car was damaged in a certain area, it would be wise for them to be wary of parking their car their again, or for the first time. If they were to ignore what has happened in the past, they could soon be in for a nasty surprise.

Now, there is no guarantee that anything would happen, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean that one should simply overlook what has happen the past. Ergo, when it comes to what has happened in the past, in regards to terror attacks, it is perfectly rational for someone to change their behaviour and for this to affect their life.

Stepping Back

However, while these attacks have had an effect on how people behave, they have also had an effect on what people can and can’t do. What this includes are the laws that have been put into place over the years to prevent terrorism.

Said another way, there is what has been done to keep people safe. The trouble is that the more of these laws that are put into place, the less freedom people typically have.

Just a Coincidence

One way of looking at this would be to say that this is not something that the people in power had in mind; after all, they simply want to protect their fellow human beings. Another way of looking at this would be to say that their main priority is to take away peoples freedoms, as this will make it easier to control them.

If one believes that the people power have their bests interest at heart, it might be hard for them to entertain this idea. These terrorist attacks are going to be nothing more than a means to an end; an end where people live in permanent servitude.

One Step Further

That might not be all there is to it, though, as the people in power could be behind these terrorist attacks to begin with. These people start with an agenda and they do what they can to bring this agenda into fruition.

Trying to control people directly is likely to lead to resistance, but when this is done indirectly it is far easier. With this in mind, if people are overwhelmed by fear, the last thing they are going to be thinking about is being free - the only thing that they will care about is being safe.


Another benefit of keeping people in a state of fear is that it is not going to be possible for them to think clearly. And, if their primary need is to feel safe, the last thing they are going to think about is what certain laws will do to their freedom.

If someone is a psychopath who wants to control the world, a terrorist attack is likely to be seen as one of the ways for this to take place. The Alternative to all this would be to believe that this is all just happening randomly.

Author's Bio: 

Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand five hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice.

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