I don’t have much to say about this article, except that it makes me sad to think that many of us don’t know much about what’s actually going on with the world, and how dangerous it really is.
I don, however, think we should stop using the term “safe” in order to avoid the word “safe.”
When I see it, I think, “How dare they say that they want to ‘keep’ me safe?
What is this about?”
And then I remember that I’m not alone.
In our culture, we tend to think of safe spaces as being places where people can talk and feel safe and secure.
I am so glad that we don’t.
In a world that still often feels too unsafe to have a conversation about the problems we face, we should also start making safe spaces feel like places where we can be.
If we do, I believe we will have more productive conversations about what really needs to be done to make the world a better place.
And I hope that people will start using the word safe instead of unsafe when they talk to each other.
* * * This article appears in the October 1, 2018 issue of New York magazine.