Sat Mar 11, 2017, 04:43 PM

Safe Space

It's part of human nature and even animal nature to desire a safe space, a place for you and your loved ones to shelter from the elements and spend quality time together away from the outside world. Nest, burrow, den, cottage, mansion or castle: they all fulfill the same requirements.

We all have our own image of the ideal safe space. As a fan of fantasy and science fiction I'm fascinated by the architecture and design of the spaces the characters inhabit. I like the sense of coziness we get in Deckard's apartment, the dining galley of the 'Firefly', a hobbit home or a sturdy medieval keep.

I took some Chinese acquaintances of mine on a tour of a local neighborhood. They were surprised to see suburban houses with ornamental walls or fences which were too small or flimsy to provide any real protection from the outside world. They told me it was normal for anyone with a bit of money in China to have high walls around their houses.

But of course in the western world we still have some areas where the whole community is considered a safe space.

Even the people who espouse open borders and mass migration often have strong barriers and private security to protect their homes. It seems they are reluctant to give up that one last piece of safe space around themselves.

Storyteller's Night by Rodney Matthews

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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 05:03 PM

1. I had much the same reaction when we moved back to the US

All the nice homes where I had been were either inside a guarded compound or had their own walls with glass or barbed wire.

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