Saturday, November 19, 2016

Denial 101: Safety is an Illusion

A feeling of safety is important to all of us. Sometimes, you have to conjure that up, or live in denial, to make it happen. In war-torn places, it has to be almost impossible to manage. 

My childhood was not safe. There were many traumas.   I went through the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, which was terrifying.  But the majority of things that I worried about never happened. I learned the art of denial, to survive.

Those of us with the luxury of not being in immediate danger can turn our minds off to all of the possibilities. We live in earthquake country, in a heavily populated area, in a tsunami zone, next to an airport. We commute to work where so many drivers now are distracted, and have been witness to accidents with fatalities, more often, as time goes on. Since the election, more folks are feeling unsafe, for numerous other reasons. I guess you could say that we are all living on the edge. Here's something about two earthquake faults in our vicinity, which were previously thought to be separate from each other. YIKES! Back to denial-mode, just to function.