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Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety
Ammo.com ^ | 5-6-20 | Ammo.com

Posted on 05/06/2020 12:21:44 PM PDT by ammodotcom

It’s a common refrain: We have bubble-wrapped the world. Americans in particular are obsessed with “safety.” The simplest way to get any law passed in America, be it a zoning law or a sweeping reform of the intelligence community, is to invoke a simple sentence: “A kid might get hurt.”

Almost no one is opposed to reasonable efforts at making the world a safer place. But the operating word here is “reasonable.” Banning lawn darts, for example, rather than just telling people that they can be dangerous when used by unsupervised children, is a perfect example of a craving for safety gone too far.

Beyond the realm of legislation, this has begun to infect our very culture. Think of things like “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” These are part of broader cultural trends in search of a kind of “emotional safety” – a purported right to never be disturbed or offended by anything. This is by no means confined to the sphere of academia, but is also in our popular culture, both in “extremely online” and more mainstream variants.

Why are Americans so obsessed with safety? What is the endgame of those who would bubble wrap the world, both physically and emotionally? Perhaps most importantly, what can we do to turn back the tide and reclaim our culture of self-reliance, mental toughness, and giving one another the benefit of the doubt so that we don’t “bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security,” as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about?

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: culture; socialmedia; society; victimhood
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Have Americans gone soft? What is your take on today's "bubble- wrapped" culture?
1 posted on 05/06/2020 12:21:44 PM PDT by ammodotcom
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To: ammodotcom

For some reason I’m thinking about the little brother in the Christmas story and his snow suit.


2 posted on 05/06/2020 12:25:08 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: ammodotcom

Some, not all of the reason may be because many women are involved in local and national politics now. They help to promote policy and write laws. The average woman is more likely to avoid risk vs the average man.

In short: Nanny State prevails for now.
Lots of men fit into this category too. Many for the power it gives them over the actions of other people.


3 posted on 05/06/2020 12:25:58 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nutmeg

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4 posted on 05/06/2020 12:26:46 PM PDT by nutmeg (Mega prayers for Rush Limbaugh)
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To: ammodotcom

It’s the feminization — or “chickification” as Rush Limbaugh calls it — of everything. We’ve become a nation of children, greedy, lazy, short-attention-span, tantrum-inclined children, and our rulers are bossy junior high girls. Even the men are girls. And socialism is especially attractive to females, doubly so for those who didn’t respect and adore their fathers.


5 posted on 05/06/2020 12:27:55 PM PDT by Blurb2350
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To: ammodotcom

The inflatable suit might be mandated someday. From Sleeper.

https://youtu.be/VDC1SUlXuGI


6 posted on 05/06/2020 12:28:52 PM PDT by wally_bert (Transmission tone, Selma.)
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To: ammodotcom

The vitimization routine is what we’re seeing at play here.


7 posted on 05/06/2020 12:29:26 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Have!)
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To: Rurudyne; All

8 posted on 05/06/2020 12:46:15 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: ammodotcom

We have become a nation of pussies.


9 posted on 05/06/2020 12:53:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have guessed the Communist Revolution would arrive disguised as the common cold?)
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To: ammodotcom

I think the bubble wrapped culture is insane. If TSHTF, they’ll never survive.
I like this young man’s attitude:

5-year-old boy caught driving on Utah highway was heading to California for a Lamborghini.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/05/5-year-old-boy-utah-driving-california-buy-lamborghini/3083410001/


10 posted on 05/06/2020 12:53:38 PM PDT by Rusty0604 (2020 four more years!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Over half the nation is made of females. More than half the remaining half act like they are females.

Several generations of fatherless boys (and pajama boys) raised by women, taught by women in government schools, and guilted by women in the media an entertainment arenas makes them think like women: Safety, Comfort, Protection, - those are the priorities.


11 posted on 05/06/2020 1:05:17 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: ammodotcom

We’ve also relinquished our belief in God or a higher power, generally speaking. No one is allowed to say that they trust in God without being ridiculed by their peers and/or society.


12 posted on 05/06/2020 1:07:00 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Jerry...Jerry...Jerry...)
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To: Rurudyne

It reminds me of a john travolta movie from the 70’s about a boy with a poor immune system who is isolated in his own room or airtight suit.


13 posted on 05/06/2020 1:07:23 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: ammodotcom

That’s why we have bicycle helmets and they want to ban football. Now their expanding to soccer because of all the “headers” cause concussions as well.


14 posted on 05/06/2020 1:11:13 PM PDT by shotgun
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That’s why we have bicycle helmets

And ski helmets, and if you aren't wearing one you are shamed by the liberal mask wearers.

15 posted on 05/06/2020 1:13:29 PM PDT by 1Old Pro (#openupstateny)
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To: ammodotcom

Baloney. Much of the world went to some type of lockdown and/or social distancing.


16 posted on 05/06/2020 1:23:36 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Follow your Inner Trump)
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We name our winter storms now. I expect the different flu strains/communicable disease strains to start getting names. This will get around having to call every single one of them after the place in asia where they almost invariably originate. Which is obviously vital the welfare of humanity.

“My Aunt Myrtle was killed by Alexander in 2026”. I almost succumbed to Jeremy back in ‘31”.

Freegards


17 posted on 05/06/2020 1:28:16 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: 1Old Pro

I’ve always been a fan of bike helmets. Voluntary of course.

I used to ski a lot. 10-15 times a year as a chaperone for a youth ski club. We’d take about 100 kids every week.

Lots of injuries. Always snowboarders. Usually broken wrists and collarbones along with a few concussions.

As such, I support helmets for snowboarders. Pretty ambivalent for skiers.

Two years ago, I skied in Montana. First time in ten years. Took to it like a duck to water. Helmets were included with the ski rental so I wore one.


18 posted on 05/06/2020 1:31:15 PM PDT by cyclotic (A vote for Democrats is a vote for lower traffic volumes)
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To: ammodotcom

He needs a better example than Lawn Darts. Lawn Darts is a “What were they thinking?” kind of game.


19 posted on 05/06/2020 1:31:33 PM PDT by super7man (Madam Defarge, knitting, knitting, always knitting)
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To: ammodotcom

Yes, ‘it’s safer at home’ has replaced ‘remember the Alamo’


20 posted on 05/06/2020 2:01:51 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration
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