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11 September 2002 @ 08:08 am
Thought for today  
F * S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you must give up some security, and vice versa.
These remarks apply to individuals, nations, and civilizations. Notice that the constant k is different for every civilization and different for every individual.

-Larry Niven, Niven's Laws

For me, this is a minor variation on the TANSTAAFL principle. Toward the end of last year, we heard a lot of talk of measures to increase security in this country. I know I wasn't the only one filled with dread at this thought. The first time I saw armed soldiers at the airport, I felt like I'd wandered into a nightmare reality.

The last time I said "goodbye" to somebody at the airplane gate was an intensely emotional experience. We held on to each other as long as possible, stealing kisses as we waited for the last possible minute. In the end, I waited by the gate, watching the plane take off. It looks like I won't have the opportunity for that kind of experience again.
GryMorgrymor on September 11th, 2002 11:23 am (UTC)
Maybe it works that way on a societal level, but in my experience and reasoning it is far worse than that, a halving of freedoms may not doulbe security, and may, on the personal level, decrease it. Can you be secure in any fashion when you must fear those in whose hands your 'safety' now rests?