January 30th, 2004

abstract butterfly

on security

"It's hard for you to realize, but there are certain moments when a plain old ditch can be dearer to you than any possession on earth. For all bombs, no matter where they may land eventually, do all their falling right straight at your head. Only those of you who know about that can ever know all about ditches".
--ernie pyle

I thought yesterday about people I meet who take risks with their lives that I try to avoid. I do not mean the risks of life and limb that sky-diving or hang-gliding might involve.

I mean instead the mundane risks which require mundane action to meet. I think, sometimes, that it's easier to
fight a mountain lion than it is to plan for a time when no lions appear.
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