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Salvation: Safety and Security
One of the elements necessary for peace of mind, safety or security should be a part of a good reality, a good universe. Being safe simply means being free from fear, free from the reality or even the possibility of harm, suffering and death.
Not being safe and secure inexorably engenders anxiety and stress. What Pascal said above is in the context of this world of vicissitudes, pain and suffering, danger and death. How much of our unstable psychological condition is due to these underlying realities leading to our insecurity and attack on our self-worth?
This lack of safety and security permeates every aspect of our lives. No perfect food is available, no perfect venue, climate or environment. No position on the planet is totally safe from any and every danger. There is no perfect hygiene. If we sterilize our environment, our immune systems atrophy and become more vulnerable. Even if we had biologic functional immortality with no physical degeneration, our lack of safety from temporary or permanent damage would mean that we would be overly concerned about harming ourselves, or being maimed, because evil is always looking for a way to break through our limited defense system. We would become paranoid recluses, hoarding our fragile physicality in fortresses. So, security is not the least of our needs.
Being completely free means not having to devote a significant portion of our time and resources to defensive measures, being free to lay negative concerns down once and for all.
Every human being has a naturalintrinsic and legitimate desire and need for safety and security.