Locke’s Interpretation of Airport Security
Yesterday as I was standing in the two hour airport security line I could not help but notice these new security machines that everyone had to pass through. These machines are designed to smell any metallic or toxic substance that may be on your body, and they take a super high definition x-ray photograph of your body to ensure you have no weapons on you. What was most interesting to me was why do we spend so much time and money paying for this elaborate security system and consent to standing in line for so many hours? According to Locke we “give up the equality, liberty, and executive power” we might have had to protect ourselves from the dangers and evils of the outside world. We are happy to allow the government charge us absurdly high taxes and make us wait in line for hours on end because we like the notion of feeling safe. According to Locke people will always “quit a condition, which, however free, is full of fears and continual dangers.” So, after my dreadful airport experience yesterday and my lack of all patience for lines, I realized that I am allowing this pain to be brought upon myself. Without even realizing it before, I actually demand that I wait in line for so long because I want to be safe. Next time (in a week) when I go to the airport I will remind myself not to get so frustrated at the people running the airport security so slowly but and to remind myself that I want these drastic security measures because they are helping preserve my safety.