Communion Of Dreams


There ain’t no such thing.

The annoying cold I mentioned the other day seems to be trying for an upgrade to bronchial infection, perhaps with delusions of becoming pneumonia. So I’m not feeling particularly creative or insightful. Maybe I used up too much outrage yesterday. Anyway, since I am a bit under the weather, let me just post an excerpt from something you ought to read. This is the closing of The Most Dangerous Person in the World?:

Security itself is an illusion. It is a perception that exists only between our ears. No army, insurance policy, hazmat team, video surveillance or explosive sniffer can protect us from our own immune system, a well-intentioned but clumsy surgeon, failing to look before crossing the street, an asteroid randomly hurtling through space or someone willing to die in order to do others harm.

In this sense, the only things that can truly make us more “secure” are not things. They are the courage to face whatever comes with dignity and intention, and the strong relationships that assure we will face the future together, and find comfort and meaning in doing so.

Imagine, then, what might happen if we simply quit listening to the scaremongers and those who profit from our paranoia. Imagine what the world could look like if we made a conscious choice to live out whatever time we have with courage, compassion, service and joy.

Terrorism is an act of the weak. But so is walking through the airport in our socks.

We can make better choices.

Go read the whole thing.

Jim Downey

(Via Bruce Schneier.)


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Slightly off-topic (well, ok — completely off ~this~ topic, but one you’ll enjoy), there’s this:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/04/07/national/a082457D23.DTL&tsp=1

Heh. 🙂

Comment by GreyHawk

GH – that’s brilliant! Thanks!

Jim D.

Comment by James Downey

Heh — thought you’d enjoy it.

Hat-tip to ThomasTallis from here:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/newsandpolitics/messages?msg=10670.1

I immediately thought of you, and the folks over at UTI, when I saw it. 🙂

Comment by GreyHawk

[…] safety is an illusion. A fantasy. I know most people don’t want to actually think about that, but the truth is that […]

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