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Forum Post: Security is mostly a superstition.

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 28, 2011, 3:32 p.m. EST by OurTimes2011 (377) from Arlington, VA
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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



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[-] 2 points by ebri (419) 12 years ago

Humans are capable of awareness, that is the most amazing thing. Human awareness is the universe realizing itself. As such, we are capable of manipulating the world around us in the most ingenious ways, like curing previously incurable cancer with no ill effects. These kinds of endeavors are only possible in a place in which Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory (he was a Harvard or Yale psychologist in the 1960's) have been met. These needs are basic to human survival: the need for safety, security, shelter from the elements, food, freedom from chronic or acute fear or abuse, that kind of thing. Satisfying these needs allow other human accomplishment to shine. All the OWS movement is asking for is these basic conditions be provided for all of us. Meaningful work is really important, and areas of expertise can be developed and sustained within a functioning infrastructure and social safety net. We have advanced technologically at this time to create this level of security for all, even "the least among us."

[-] 1 points by opensociety4us (914) from Norwalk, CT 12 years ago

thanks for posting that


[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

Yes. What's your point?

[-] 1 points by OurTimes2011 (377) from Arlington, VA 12 years ago

There is no safety in avoiding the changes we must make.

A "report by The Washington Post Tuesday shows that between 1984 and 2009 the median net worth of a U.S. representative shot up from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home equity. At the same time the typical family net worth slid from $20,600 to $20,500, according to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from the University of Michigan."

[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

Couldn't that shift be due to the increase in unemployed citizens/families?

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 12 years ago

OWS has done a great job of waking people up to the fact that we need to chart a new course. It is failing to do the actual drawing of the chart, except for the 99% Declaration. I have yet to see any other plan of action that offers effective actions in a short and a medium time frame. A legit assembly requires representation from all districts and huge numbers of votes. OWS needs the National General Assembly and the NGA needs the NYCGA to make the call NOW.


"The events above noted gave unmistakable evidence of the unity of American sentiment against British oppression; but something more must be done to bring about united action. There must be some central authority to which all the colonies could turn for guidance. This political union came about in the formation of a Continental Congress. This Congress was the result of a spontaneous and almost simultaneous movement throughout the country. From New York came the first call."

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 12 years ago

As is terrorism, and a war declared on the concept.