A reader just sent us this thought from a guy I'd never heard of, Alan Watts. (Who turns out to have been a philosopher/writer/public thinker who brought eastern ideas to the west in the middle of the last century):
But when no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become self serving busybodies. – Alan Watts (1915-1973), Tao: The Watercourse Way, 1975
Look, you have other things to do today. Enjoy them! But if you feel like thinking about whether we are somehow converting our culture into a nursery, chime in!
And merry, etc. -- L.