Again, another truly sad story. Young, pregnant and as she was out for a run, I can't imagine that she was carrying much of value apart from the cell phone
. Once again, we can blame the global recession, or drugs, or complacency by the police officials in various jursidictions; we can blame the attitude allegedly fostered by a certain president, when an act of violence occurs in Venezuela
; we can boycott certain islands, or certain island chains, or specific countries or continents; we can even avoid entire seas or oceans, but it all comes down to this: we can run, but we cannot hide.
No matter where we go - hell, even if we don't leave the sanctity of our own homes, there will always be the risk of intrusion, attack and acts of senseless violence. Yes, the world can be a scarey place, and it is seemingly becoming scarier with each passing day. But we cannot allow our fears to rule
our lives, or to determine all our destinations. We must consider passive approaches such as alarms, as well as active approaches such as sailing nearshore/venturing onshore in groups, rather than alone; some will consider arming themselves. We must always attempt to balance the gains against the risks of every landfall, or excursioin ashore. But in the end, no matter what precautions we may take, there will always be the risk of being burglarized, or robbed, or worse. We can attempt to live our lives in a jail of our own creation, or we can step out into the world and recognize that the freedom we seek can carry a very high price
The murder of this young woman is both tragic and senseless. But it is no more tragic than the murder of any pregnant young woman, anywhere. The fact is that she had been blessed by being able to pursue, even if for only a moment, the joy of the life on the seas that she apparently coveted. And we cannot forget that she could have just as easily been murdered on the streets of her home town.