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A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for – John Augustus Shedd
Today society puts emphasis on safety, in my opinion undue emphasis. We all have a finite span on Earth, regardless of how safe we are. Ultimately we will be judged by what we accomplish in that span. Risk is part of life. We can use our talents, taking risks or we can bury them in the garden, where they will be safe. All total safely can assure is sterility.
I live in the same county as the Santa Fe High School, where a shooting killed ten people. The schools around here are spending millions, hardening security. Will the students really be safer by turning their school buildings into medium security prisons? I doubt it. I suspect society will be worse for having a generation of students educated in a prison environment, schooled to accept suspicion, and raised in the belief that safety trumps all. Plus, all the money spent on unnecessary security is money not spent on schools’ primary mission: education.
We can be safe – by staying safely in harbor, and never venturing out. But without daring, and often not even daring greatly, but generally daring only trivially, we cannot reach our destinations.Published in