It may seem insensitive, at the very least, to evoke Ghostbusters while discussing a tragedy that claimed at least 15 lives. But it's worth thinking about how much our political/entertainment culture has ridiculed and feminized the impulse towards regulation and safety.
This week, Chris Kirkham and Ben Hallman look at the tragic explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that left 14 people dead and a town grasping for answers. And Mallika Rao writes about Santa Monica's Local Wellbeing Index, an approach to governing "with a citizen's inner life in mind."
Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.
As a fourth-generation farmer, growing corn, wheat and soybeans across three counties in Southside Virginia, I cannot be oblivious to the news of death and destruction our essential business can experience.
The more perspective and understanding we have on life, and the less we play into their hands and let people who want to terrorize us have their way, whether domestic or foreign, the better we honor loss -- all loss -- and ourselves.