The word ‘secure’ entered the English language in the 16th century. It is derived from Latin Securus, meaning freedom from anxiety and so it has been with us as a concept since the early days. The combination of the two Latin words, se (without) and cura (care, anxiety), resulted in the modern word security.
But security has a wide range of other senses.
Security refers to the freedom from, or the resilience against, potential harm from external forces and is hardwired into our social structures.
It can also be the absence of harm (e.g. freedom from want), the presence of essential goods (e.g. food security), the resilience against potential damage or harm (e.g. secure foundations), secrecy (e.g. a secure communication), containment (e.g. a secure cell), and a state of mind (e.g. emotional security).
And again this week, we saw on social media all of these coming back in this week’s submissions.
As a term, security is most commonly used to refer to protection from hostile forces.
Us versus them.
Protecting us from predators.
Freedom from Want
Julien’s take this week combines a lot of elements of security. From making sure the tribe behaves, but also limiting the freedom of wanting a hotdog on the death star.
Security as Containment
Emotional Security – Part I
Chris view on the world under the safety of a blanket is a very good example of Emotional Security.
Emotional Security – Part II
A similar take was Boris submission, reflecting on the emotional security of packing for the exhibition in Paris next week.
We really like the interaction and feedback on exploring these deep human values and what they all mean for us.
This is just week five, but the entries go deep.
From fun security winks to deeper reflections.
We’re very curious about what next week “emotions” will bring.
And next week we have Paris and lots of emotion.