Growing up like…

My daughter had been distraught after the terrorist attacks of January, but this weekend she remained calm. She explained to me: “We’re sort of used to this now.” She is coming to think of neighbourhood terrorism as part of life, something that happens and passes. Presumably she is working out how to cope.

Paris remains one of the world’s safest metropolises. But even if mass killings now cease, the city risks becoming an armed camp, its public spaces contaminated by fear. My children already think it is normal to walk to school past policemen with machine-guns. I didn’t grow up like that.

-Simon Kuper ‘Paris attacks: My nine-year-old is calm — ‘We’re used to this now’ Financial Times


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