The birdemic has changed all that.
In a world ruled by the global diktat of none are safe until all are safe, the "playing it safe" in a conventional, material sense has become the most reckless, risky, and dangerous approach an individual can take.
The largely unnoticed global coup was largely unnoticed precisely because it was constructed upon the premise of "playing it safe." The involuntary home confinements, the forced social isolation, the facial coverings, the closure of churches, institutions and businesses, the peck and subsequent peck mandates are all shining examples of "playing it safe."
Going out in public with a bare face is risky. Why not play it safe and wear a facial covering? Going out in public with a facial covering is potentially perilous. Why not play it safe and stay home? The very notion of "public" is dangerous. Why not play it safe and shut it down. Other people, including the family you live with, may be potential carriers of the dreaded birdemic plague. Why not play it safe and avoid meeting them in person? The birdemic plague is virtually everywhere. Why not play it safe and get pecked? Without the peck you remain a walking biological weapon who could wipe out a good portion of humanity. Why not play it safe and get pecked again? Your life and freedom are important, but they musn't jeopardize anyone's health or safety. Why not play it safe and get this passport to prove that you are playing it safe?
And so on so forth.
Over the past nineteen months, playing it safe has been the response of millions - if not billions, but I would be hard pressed to label the response as wise or prudent. On the contrary, it has proven to be the most reckless and dangerous approach a person can take.
Playing it safe has devastated societies, sabotaged economies, and ruined health. All of this is perfectly apparent, yet the vast majority continue to abide by the play it safe approach, firm in the belief that they are practicing sound judgement. After all, what's the point of shouldering unnecessary risk or exposing oneself to potential danger?
Well, I think we've reached a point where it has become painfully obvious that playing safe is actually living dangerously, both in the worldly, material sense and, more significantly, in the spiritual sense.
With this in mind, I believe it is crucial to come to grips with the fact playing it safe in a purely material sense has become virtually impossible.
Those who have played it safe by obeying the global diktat of none are safe until all are safe have, ironically enough, put their health, families, societies, and souls in grave danger, and despite their best efforts, the dangers continue to mount and expand with each passing day.
Those who have resisted the global diktat of none are safe until all are safe are also in grave material danger. Their livelihoods, financial security, and worldly freedom are in jeopardy. At the same time, their souls are very likely protected.
And souls are what playing it safe comes down to in this time and place. Play it safe in the worldly sense, endanger your soul. Live dangerously in the worldly sense, and you may just save your soul.
More than that, living dangerously may just open the floodgates of spirit and make life more meaningful than it has ever been.
As I ponder the notions of living dangerously and playing it safe, I come to the realization that the definitions of the two approaches depend heavily upon motivation and perspective.
From a primarily material perspective, playing it safe entails actions and thoughts that strive to preserve material well-being, comfort, stability, pleasure, and survival. Living dangerously includes anything that jeopardizes material well-being.
From a primarily spiritual perspective, playing it safe entails actions and thoughts that aim to keep one faithful to and aligned with God and Creation. Living dangerously includes anything that jeopardizes faith and alignment.
Thus, the Christian approach to playing it safe and living dangerously should be the polar opposites of the conventional definitions of the two approaches to life.
When a mainstream atheist, materialist plays it safe (un-repetantly follows the global diktat, does everything to preserve his material situation, willingly lives by lies, etc.), Christians should perceive the approach as living dangerously.
When a Christian plays it safe (remains faithful to God and Creation, trusts and follows his own personal discernment and experience, refuses to live by lies, is willing to sacrifice material well-being for the cause of truth, love, and freedom, etc.) the side against God and Creation will perceive it dangerous living.
So in the eyes of atheist-materialists, the Establishment, and the whole Satanic order, Christians should strive to live dangerously.
In the eyes of God, Christians should strive to play it safe knowing full well that the discipline, prudence, and good judgment they exercise in this pursuit will be rewarded eternally in Heaven.
As I write these words, I can't help but think of Jesus. In the eyes of the world, He was living dangerously - yet in the eyes of God, he always played it safe.
It's time for Christians to play it safe in the right way, which implies living dangerously in the world during our mortal lives.