Why Do They Want to “Feel safe” as Opposed to Actually “Being Safe?”

Or at least be working to improve their level of safety. (The world is not a safe place, and you can’t make it one by wishing or doing.) After Jayme Closs returns, northwest Wisconsin wonders how to feel safe again.

The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.

Double murder of the parents. Kidnapping of the girl. Escape, followed by arrest of the bad guy. The story has been all over the news.

But one thing caught my attention. Or actually, it made me want to scream.

People are uncertain. They’re frightened,” said local newspaper editor Bob Zientara, who has the ear of a town that, in an instant last week, became overwhelmed with joy at Jayme’s return. “It’s tempered joy because now [people] realize that things like this can happen here.”

Really?!! They believed that bad things couldn’t happen in their neighborhood/town/county/state? Really? Crime only takes place in “Other kinds of places.” Crime only impacts “Other kinds of people.” That is one crazy attitude.

The article goes on to say that the only alternative to the head-in-the-sand denial of reality, is to “live in fear.” That comes up several times. I don’t agree. You can acknowledge the reality of where you live – it isn’t Mayberry or Pleasantville. You can do some preparation. You can stop living inside your head, and pay attention to your surroundings and take some action. Now a gun may not have saved this couple. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow.” But a head in the sand attitude wouldn’t help. Opening your front door to any knock without looking, or having some preparation.

I don’t know, maybe the sheep are always in fear, and can only live in their fantasy world of zip-code-induced-safety. If so, it is a pretty poor commentary on the state of society.