Is Your Neighborhood More Dangerous Today?

At a BBQ swimming pool party over the summer, I talked with one of the dads.

Turns out he doesn't let his 8-year old son walk to school, even with the other kids on their street. It's less than 5-blocks to the school.

The dad walked to school when he was a kid. Almost one mile each way. (I walked to school when I was a kid too along a busy boulevard.

So why wouldn't he let his son walk to school?

He feels the world is more dangerous today than when he was a kid.

Do you think the world is more dangerous?

I personally do not think so.

The world has always had its dangers.

The difference is that the internet, 24-hour news, satellite radio, online radio, etc. magnifies the dangers out there.

And the state of news, reporting, and journalism today has gone done the toilet in most cases. It's no longer thoughtful journalism, it's all about sensationalism, stealing attention, and the shock and awe factor.

If a crime or murder happens in a little town in the middle of nowhere, the whole country hears about it, sometimes the whole world. This magnifies the situation, brings it closer to home, and maks the world seem more dangerous.

But it's not.

It's as dangerous as it's always been. And as dangerous as you let it be.

Exercise prudence, vigilance, self-reliance, and preparedness. It was great advice in the past and it's still great advice now.

Be smart and enjoy life.

Don't live in fear.

Here's one way to cure fear:

Seek the straightest path,


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