Fire? Who cares?

I was having lunch at the New Park Hotel with my family the other day. The place was pretty packed and we were glad to be able to get a table for four somehow.

Suddenly we heard a deafening ring. It was the fire alarm. For a moment I just stopped whatever I was doing. Many things were going through my head;

Should I run?

Should I eat a few more slices of that delicious roti prata?

Will anyone notice I didn’t finish the food I took and didn’t like amidst everything?

Then I just looked around. No one else is doing anything, no one seems even slightly concerned about the fire alarm. Everyone just continued eating like nothing’s happening.

Is this absolute complacency?

Is this the result of our ‘everywhere also can see’ Civil Defense Campaign?