Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:27 (KJV)
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
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one. Adolf Hitler
As you can gather by the opening quotes, the “Big Lie” isn’t Evolution, Secular Humanism, Communism, or some propaganda that’s spewed by mass media (although the propaganda’s “sired” by the “Big Lie”).
No, the “Big Lie” is security. The need for some form of protection from some outside “threat” to some aspect of our lives. I’m not talking about actual precautions against a viable and legitimate threat-like security guards, national defense, or bodyguards-no not that. I’m referring to perceived threats such as:
- People who marry for security from solitude and possible financial challenges.
- People who never enjoy their money because they’re saving for some “rainy” day.
- People who become part of a faith as security from life’s challenges.
- People who take any old job that pays well for financial security via a paycheck and pension for old age.
- People who move into gated communities or exurban enclaves as security from the big bad world.
As you can see security-in any form-is a big lie, a “superstition” as Helen Keller put it. It’s a lie that give us the illusion of safety, but is more of a confinement. Just look at history (thanks to Adolf Hitler’s quote) at how many people were lulled into a false sense of security by various leaders-including Hitler-to wind up in a police state that stripped them of their liberties (a nod to Ben Franklin). Even at a smaller scale, those falling for the “security” lie find that they too are constricted:
- Married folk-especially wives-find that their marriages become “domestic gulags” (a nod to Laura Kipnis), where married life’s a drudge. And thanks to premature death or divorce, marital longevity’s never guaranteed.
- People saving for a “rainy day” put their finances into plans that sock them with tax penalties and fees should they decide to touch that money too soon. They also miss out on doing things that cost money (travel or other enriching activities). And after 2008, many of these folks found their plans became worthless and now face the prison of an uncertain financial future.
- People find their “eternal security” becomes insecure when they realize their faith is a strait-jacket, locking them into a mind-numbing dogma that stifles spiritual growth.
- That “big money” job becomes a bore that stultifies one’s creativity and is a dead-end job. And what’s to prevent lay-offs, firings or (forced) early retirement?
- That gated community becomes a prison that does not allow any activity not approved by the managing board. That exurb comes with a nightmare commute to work, forcing one to work from home; and is so far from cultural/social activities, home becomes the de facto place to be. Here cabin fever becomes a prison for these individuals.
The truth of the matter is only in the Divine we learn to be free. God created us to be free to live our lives fully as human beings. To live that daring adventure God placed in us from time’s dawn. We are called to enjoy life; Jesus brought us the abundant life (ref John 10:10b) which is not just spiritual either. We’re called to live that “daring adventure” or we’re not living at all. Let’s burst open the doors of our self-imposed prisons of security, fire the jailers, and make a break for the open air of freedom and live out our lives to the fullest.
Let’s let go of the big lie and embrace the freedom that God has for us to live. It’s our right and it’s for us to have.
If we want “security” we can go to the most secure place around: a maximum security prison. We can trade off our freedom for all the security in the world!