Originally posted to firstname.lastname@example.org on 12/25/2003.
The world is not a safe place. That’s a given. Guns, violence, robbery, murder… these are the things we live with each day. It is part of our reality, and we must cope with it as best we can. So we develop strategies, rules of thumb that keep us safe. Many of them we don’t even think about anymore. Don’t walk down a dark alley alone late at night in a bad neighborhood. Don’t take candy from strangers. Don’t trust anyone who reminds you of your cousin Larry the used car salesman. Simplistic rules… but they keep us safe.