Security? Safety? Liberty?

Zendo Deb has a great post up connecting some big dots

You can’t guarantee perfect safety, but Americans want to “feel safe.” Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety.

Physical safety = nothing the scolds view as dangerous. Emotional safety = you can’t say anything that might upset me. It all adds up to insanity.

Why are Americans so obsessed with safety? What is the endgame of those who would bubble wrap the world, both physically and emotionally? Perhaps most importantly, what can we do to turn back the tide and reclaim our culture of self-reliance, mental toughness, and giving one another the benefit of the doubt so that we don’t “bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security,” as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about?

As so many things, it is about education. And the lack of it.

Education from kindergarten up to the universities is increasingly about teaching doctrines and ideology, rather than critical thinking and problem solving skills. All of this is a dangerous admixture that combines the full weight of the academic, cultural and business elites in this country. And its consequences are far reaching.

One thought on “Security? Safety? Liberty?”

  1. I remember the “Safety Patrol” from when I was in elementary school in the 1960’s/1970’s. They were specially “selected” students (brown nosed kiss-asses) to participate for duty and issued a bright orange shoulder strap and belt with a shiny silver badge that read “Safety Patrol”. They didn’t actually DO anything to keep anyone safe, they were simply the Karl’s and Karen’s of the day. They had license to tattle on those of us that say ran for the bus or maybe engaged in any other type of horseplay in the halls. Equipped with little notepads, they would submit their written report to the teachers who then dished out the appropriate discipline. Someone like me would have never been asked to participate, but if I had I would have just laughed and said, “NO WAY!”

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