"Man is so necessarily insane, that not to be insane
would just be a different form of insanity." - Pascal
Salvation: Safety and Security
One of the elements necessary for peace of mind, safety or security
should be a part of a good reality, a benevolent universe. Being safe simply
means being free from fear, free from the reality or even the
possibility of harm, suffering and death.
Not being safe and secure inexorably engenders anxiety and stress.
What Pascal exclaimed above is said in the context of this world of vicissitudes,
pain and suffering, danger and death. How much of our unstable psychological
condition is due to these underlying realities leading to our insecurity
and attack on our self-worth?
Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.
- Saint Augustine
This lack of safety and security permeates every aspect of our lives. No perfect
food is available, no perfect venue, climate or environment. No position on the
planet is totally safe from any and every danger. There is no perfect
hygiene. If we sterilize our environment, our immune systems atrophy
and become more vulnerable. Even if we had biologic functional
immortality with no physical degeneration, our lack of safety from
temporary or permanent damage would mean
that we would be overly concerned about harming ourselves, or being
maimed, because evil is always looking for a way to break through our
limited defense system. We would become paranoid recluses, hoarding our fragile physicality in
fortresses. So, security is not the least of our needs.
Being completely free means not having to devote a significant
portion of our time and resources to defensive thinking and measures, being free to
lay negative concerns down once and for all.
You are free to do what you want, but you are
not free to want what you
want. - Schopenhauer
Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire and need for safety and