The Lock of fear – The myth of security.
The ancient log cabin had clearly been uninhabited for many years. I have visited this abandoned home several times in the past and each time the windows and doors were boarded up. But not this day, today the doors were flung wide open and a damp odor creeps out of the open wound. The fading sunlight barley penetrates the soggy darkness. When I stick my head into the small room my eyes are drawn to the dingy orange curtains that hang over the small windows. They appear to be thin as a spider’s web and much more fragile. A couple more steps and I enter the main living area of the dwelling. A stone fire place filled with the remnants of some long ago fire greet me. The paper which cover the walls no doubt made some 1960s family feels right at home. But today it seems eerily out of place. When the uneven floor begins to crack and groan a shiver runs up my spine. As I turn to leave I spot this lock. As I ponder this simple device I wonder if it brought them a feeling of security. Did they feel safe when they slid the bolt into its locked position? Did it put their minds at ease when they engaged their state of the art security system? Helen Keller once said, “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 either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Certainly we spend a tremendous amount of money and effort trying to stay safe every year. We have […]
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