September 8th, 2006

trickster

Thoughts on Safety (Posted using LJTalk (http://www.livejournal.com/ljtalk/)...)

Thinking about the admonition "Be safe. Be happy."

For some people, this is a tautology. How could you be happy if you're not safe and how could you not be happy if you're safe?

For others, it's a contradiction. Safe is a good place to start from but how can one find happiness in safety? Safety is for the between times; between times of happiness.

Of course, most people are somewhere betwixt these two poles.

For me, I can summarize it in a quote: "A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are for." —John A. Shedd