Definitions: (1) free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive; having ease of mind; (2) sure; assured; certain; (3) trustworthy; dependable; able to be relied upon
Synonyms: confident, guarded, impregnable, protected, safe, undisturbed
Too Far: Preemptive war demands heavy sacrifices in the name of security.
• A person in solitary confinement is extremely secure, but he has very little freedom.
• Nobody is going to give up their current sense of security without some belief they will establish a new level of security by doing so. Physical security will be sacrificed when spiritual qualities, like courage, loyalty, and love, are recognized as more important. The soldier will risk his security to save a friend. The parent will endure hardship and stress to support his or her child. The artist is compelled to create because of the love of beauty, and the need to communicate. In these is the secure knowledge of a greater good.
• All securities come down to one thing: survival. In order to survive physically, you will need to maintain the things of the body: health, environment, sustenance.
• To survive emotionally you will need to nurture and be nurtured. You will also need to forgive and forget allowing yourself to proceed with life without the bonds of hate and revenge. In addition, you will want to be stress hardy to handle or deflect anxiety.
• The mind requires exercise, creativity, and problem solving. Include in your complex mental matrix the openness to accept and adapt to other points of view.
• Spiritual survival is assured only by creating a self – a soul of positive qualities – able to fuse with Eternity itself.
Quotes: 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. — Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Author
The following from: The Gaia Peace Atlas, (8/22/1988) Dr. Frank Barnaby, General Editor:
True environmental security will depend on an ecologically wise economy, sustainable livelihood for all, and a re-integration of human and natural systems.
Ultimately, economic security will depend on conversion to a steady-state economy, and on re-creation of real wealth at local, national and regional levels.
Human and Civil Security
Human security rests on economic, environmental and spiritual security, and on the eradication of structural violence within society.
Personal and social well-being depends on spiritual security, and on concern for the foundations of peace: consensus, ecological wisdom, economic justice, and defense of the rules of law.
Note: The above include many achievable detailed goals including population stabilization; pollution management; diversion of military spending to development and environment; access to rewarding work and to ideas; equality of opportunity for sexes, races, religions, and ages; responsiveness to change, diversity, and growth; and love for others.
Comment: Insecurity, based on fear, makes you choose to turn your will over to someone or something other than yourself: a boss, an organization, a set of ideas, institutional religion …
Symbol: crouching behind a wall