BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE
Joe F. Stierheim
Everybody—everything—in the universe wants to feel safe.
It is a very simple matter, one that should be surprising to no one. Yet it is a concept that is often overlooked, misunderstood or misused. Often we find it amusing to not feel safe. For instance, we spend a great deal of time, effort and money in stories, movies or games that scare us. We call this entertainment. Volcanoes, tidal waves, civil unrest, wars, crime, hurricanes and chainsaws are all part of the scenarios. When the entertainment becomes real, we don’t like it and so we spend a great deal of time, effort and money to see that such things don’t happen or in hopes of escaping them.
It is a fact that in our present society, very few of us feel safe. Endeavors to compensate for that take many forms. One of those is (more…)