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A different view on “security”…

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

–Helen Keller

6 comments to QUOTE OF THE WEEK

  • Of course she’d say that. For Helen Keller, simply crossing the street was a “daring adventure.”

  • Aggie

    I’d say crossing the street for her would be more of a hellish nightmare of an adventure. Getting up in the middle of the night to pee would be a “daring adventure.”

  • What’s Helen Keller’s favorite movie?
    “Around the Block in 80 Days.”

    How did Helen Kellers parents punish her?
    They stuck doorknobs to the walls.

    What is Helen Keller’s favorite Convenience Store?

  • Ray

    From all accounts, she was probably more aware of the world around her than most people with all five senses. However, her point is well taken. Real security can only be achieved in the grave. Most of us are headed toward some kind of painful, sordid death whether from a cancer eating out our insides or being crushed inside a crumpled automobile. In the last ten years alone more Americans have been killed on the nation’s roads in vehicular accidents than from enemy action in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq combined, and cancer kills more of us each year than all of our wars since Lexington and Concord. Under the circumstances, it is a little absurd to worry about the least likely scenarios such as a terrorist on the airliner, a small pox outbreak or catastrophic climate change. Frankly, I am looking forward to the next Ice Age. It’s bound to make New York real estate more affordable, and Paris under ten feet of snow will solve those French air conditioning problems. Not to mention the boon it will give to those ski resorts in Mexico. And if Japan could survive Lemay’s B-29 onslaught in 1945, basketball-size hail will be a rather minor annoyance.

    The important thing is not how long you live, but what use you make of your life. For most of the people who have ever lived life has been short, brutish and lacking any charm. We are fortunate to live in an era of history that affords us the opportunity to make more of our existence. I hope this is no mere island of prosperity in human history, but if it is, then I congratulate us all on our good fortune to be able to experience that era of science and enlightenment. Make each day count even if only in some small way and at the end of the road you will know you have lived. And that is the definition of a successful life.

    “I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time”

    Ian Fleming 1963

  • Zelda

    As Ray just mentioned, and unfortunately for these kids, “real security can only be achieved in the grave”… http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/05/27/children.slain.ap/index.html
    Who knows why or how right now this happened, but, regardless, how AWFUL is this? They were children, and I wish they had more time to make
    more of their existence.

  • Ray

    Zelda, there is no rational reason for this kind of tragedy. There are, unfortunately, a sizeable number of people that we share the world with who are lacking a conscience or any trace of a soul. We are all capable under the right circumstances of committing murder, and it is the rare person who has not imagined doing it. Most of us are restrained by morality and fear of the consequences, and not just the legal ones. The individual who decapitated these three children probably feels no regrets about his action and certainly no feelings of remorse. That person has stepped outside the laws of humanity that govern basic human conduct and embraced savagery and moral degradation. Whether the killer dies through legal execution imposed by the law or dies from natural cause 40 years from now that will never change. I don’t believe that there is redemption from this type of hideous crime.

    As for the children, it is unimaginable to think how much was lost for them and what they endured in their last moments. It takes a lot to shock a street cop. Most of them have seen just about everything. When a crime has that kind of effect on them, it is something that sends a shiver through our deepest inner core, tearing away for only a moment any feelings of security or faith in the future that we carry with us. The events of 9/11 did that and so do crimes like this.