This is less of a quote and more of a personal mantra.
The idea we can make ourselves safe, our loved ones safe, our world safe is a pernicious and dangerous idea that limits freedom and kills curiosity. Unfortunately, it’s an idea our society seems to be preoccupied with lately.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for reasonable individual, personal (and personalised) precautions, but I worry about a society that thinks its OK to prescribe to others what they may or may not do as long as they say “It’s for our security”. Cut down that whole clump of indigenous trees and bush? Good idea. Mow that whole strip of grassland along the fence? Good idea. Run vicious electrified or razor wire along the top of every wall, every fence? Good idea. Those are NOT good ideas!
And I worry about a generation that genuinely seems to think walking somewhere is inherently dangerous (“um, not for me, understand, but for the kids”) and playing outside is “more risky” than playing indoors. So many people tell of having fun as kids jumping over a fence, but see to it that their kids cannot.
When fear rules our lives we cease to live.
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.
(Thank you ironic1.com – I used your post and modified it).