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To say that our country has become extremely security conscious since September 11th, 2001 is an understatement.
Since this is primarily a Counseling blog, we could very appropriately say our country’s overt security concern has become a country engulfed in paranoia.
After the devastation of 911, increased security was needed for sure. But now even security has security within physical human abilities as well as software and computers.
An IT recently told this writer that all of the increased software and website security has become both ridiculous as well as useless. He stated that anyone with a bit of program knowledge has the ability to go anywhere and do anything online. In fact when there are multiple safeguards it is actually easier to unmask vulnerabilities.
He went on to say that the truth is, there are actually consequences to “too much” security. Law enforcement seems to agree with regard to physical increase in human security stating that too much security often gets in the way of the investigation making it difficult to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys.
In general, as the old saying goes, “you can get too much of a good thing”. But in addition to that saying is the fact that often too much of a good thing such as increased security on security becomes a bad thing.
Case and point, most free web sites for the general enthusiast, hobbyist, casual writer, etc. are now almost impossible to link to on any of the social networks due to so much antimalware and antivirus software stacked on top of each other and yet most people today are already running their computer broadband connections through secure and near impenetrable routers or hubs which already need an army of techs to break through. Added to this is the usual free anti-virus and malware provided by their internet provider. In effect, it is just ridiculous and too much.
All of the major anti-virus companies have admitted that there is no longer any way to actually prevent a violation of security on line due to over protection.
Another case in point is the paranoia over background checks. An average person is absolutely blessed if they pass on the first time around. Even churches have become paranoid, now being told or even made by their hierarchy to force background checks of potential pastors and ministers.
It is time that we as a nation calmed down. Yes be on guard but start to live again. We should set new goals and dream new dreams.
When a nation stops trusting its own people, it isn’t long before the paranoia turns to anarchy and the anarchy to complete destruction.