The Power of Security

I have to admit, the human draw to safety and security is something I have never understood well mostly because I don’t have that same draw. I recently set out to try and better understand why so many people crave and chase after security.

Many years ago, I had to do an exercise which gave a list of 5 values and asked you to sort them in order of most important in regards to your job.

The five values are:

  1. Money
  2. Time off
  3. Benefits
  4. Security
  5. Challenging

The order I put them in was:

  1. Challenging
  2. Money
  3. Time off
  4. Benefits
  5. Security

For me, if what I am doing is not challenging, I will have a very hard time doing it. Money is the next biggest motivator. I see money as a path to having what I want, having the freedom to do what I want, and most importantly giving me the money and power to make a positive difference in my never ending goal to change the world for the better. Time off follows because I have to be rested and have time to do what I enjoy to have the bottomless strength and gusto I need to do what I do everyday.

Benefits fall pretty low on my list. The two biggest benefits I can think of are money and time off and those already are covered, so benefits come in towards the bottom of the list. Other benefits are healthcare, 401Ks, stocks, etc. Again, you get enough money, you can fund this stuff yourself and have more control over its execution.

Last place goes to security. I see security, as most people define it, as an illusion. If you see the world as something that exist outside yourself, then you have no control and that means no security. Recessions hit, depressions hit, people get laid off, companies close or go bankrupt, building can be bombed or a fire can burn down your office. Your life can change with simple words like “I love you” or “I want a divorce” and with actions like getting on a plane, taking a job, starting a business, or moving or with accidents like breaking a leg, car accident, or falling of a roof. You can be the best mom in the world just to have your kid die. You can get sick or injured which again will throw off status quo aka security.

If you believe the world is just another part of you, then security is also just an illusion you are creating and you could change anything and everything anytime you wish.

The more I studied security the more I understood the illusion and could understand the draw to it. I still don’t feel it, but I better understand it. Many people crave a status quo. They like to know they have a set amount of money coming in they can spend, certain people in their lives who do certain things, and certain day to day events they are expected to participate in. This goes completely against my grain of challenges and new frontiers where every day is something new and different.

Security gives people a place where they can go about their lives without fear. Most people will go through anything to avoid fear and pain. Security minimizes fear and pain because it gives a status quo that is 99 percent of the time fear and pain free. That is pretty good. Many middle class people maybe even to do even better then that if they manage to live within their means which leads to less fear of poverty and better overall quality of life.

So, security really is an accepted and wanted status quo which avoids fear and pain while providing basic needs for life mixed with a person’s choice of entertainment. No wonder people want this. It means you get fed, have a home, some entertainment, and the hope for the same thing tomorrow.

I can never want this. It’s the want to be happy by being reactionary (meaning reacting to the events in your life rather then taking a proactive step) and complacent.

The next article will continue this tangent.

Adrienne :)

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5 Responses to “The Power of Security”

  1. Jason says:

    It’s not freedom from pain and fear, it’s freedom from responsibility, I think, that provides the drive for security. If you do what you have always done, you know what to expect, and anything else that “happens” is something you’re not responsible for, it’s from an outside source.

    Of course, if you dismiss the idea of an outside source, this becomes moot… leading to no need for “security”.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Its not really freedom from responsibility because with security you have lots of it, a job, rent/mortgage, maybe a family. Security allows you to keep what you know and avoid the unknown which can hold pain and fear not to mention fear of the unknown.

  3. ZHereford says:

    This is a most interesting post Adrienne!

    I’ve struggled with what security is and isn’t. I look forward to your next post.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Thanks ZHereford. I am working on the next one. Its questions and comments about this article before i move on to where i was going with all this.
    Adrienne :)

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