I’m all for safety. As a child, I remember the 1982 Tylenol crisis in which seven people died from taking Tylenol capsules that some sick, demented person had laced with cyanide. Tylenol then became the first company to begin using tamper-evident packaging for medicine, although at the time they called it tamper-resistant packaging. That term is now illegal. I don’t know the order that each layer was added, but I’m thinking that the foil seal was one of the first preventive measures. Over time, companies added more and more security to ensure the consumer’s safety.
My concern is not how many layers of tamper-evident packaging I have to peel away. Rather, my concern is how this increase in safety is a reflection of our society.
At what point will we be safe?
How many warning labels must we write before we are safe?
How much government legislation must we pass?
How many safety features do we have to add?
Each new safety level entraps us more into a life of fear.
We have become a society that lives in fear of what could happen. We live a life of nothingness out of fear of what might happen. We try to control every scenario and outcome for all situations. We pour so much energy into controlling our environments that we never realize one simple fact...
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Offer right sacrifices
And trust in the Lord.
Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
For you alone, O Lord,
Make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:2, 5-6, 8