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Seeking Security - What does Security mean to me?


Security, in its essence, transcends mere physical safeguards; it embodies the quest for freedom from danger, doubt, and fear, fostering a sense of safety and confidence. Yet, the pursuit of absolute security is a quixotic endeavour, bound by the laws of physics, which dictate the impossibility of achieving totality in any measure. Thus, we navigate through life under the shadow of inherent risks, our decisions laden with potential for both wisdom and folly.


The concept of security, abstract in nature, offers a semblance of protection against potential threats, necessitating foresight and preparation to mitigate or adapt to unforeseen calamities. This preparation, however, is often hindered by our lack of omniscience, leaving us vulnerable to the unpredictable.


In the context of societal dynamics, aggression and fear are not innate but learned, exacerbated by a media-saturated environment that magnifies threats and glorifies conflict. This cycle of aggression is sustained by a reward system that, albeit short-term, emboldens perpetrators through successful acts of terror and violence.


The landscape of security is further complicated by the stark realities of enforcement and deterrence, where the vast majority of offenders evade the ultimate penalties, leaving a society grappling with the prevalence of violence and the targeted vulnerability of its most affluent members.


The distinction between anxiety and fear underscores the cognitive and emotional dimensions of our reactions to threats, influencing the measures we undertake for security. These measures, dictated by our perception of risk, range from insufficient to extreme, yet are invariably shaped by the resources at our disposal and the severity of perceived threats.


Central to our understanding of fear is the concept of schemas, cognitive frameworks that shape our perception and response to situations. These schemas, while unique to each individual, form a consistent pattern of interpretation, highlighting the subjective nature of security.


In an era where the spectre of violence looms large, from the personal threats faced by individuals to the geopolitical tensions that shadow global stability, the demand for security solutions has expanded. This demand encompasses not only the protection of physical assets but also the safeguarding of public spaces, highlighting a societal shift towards a more fortified existence.


Yet, the efficacy of security measures is contingent upon a societal consensus on norms and ethics. In the absence of such a consensus, security becomes an elusive goal, challenged by the very forces it seeks to contain.


The balance between security and freedom, then, is a delicate one, requiring a nuanced approach that respects individual liberties while ensuring collective safety. It is a balance that demands constant vigilance, adaptability, and, above all, a recognition of the fundamental human need for safety in an uncertain world. Security, as Maslow correctly identified it, is a NEED.  From the author.


The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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