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Home Sweet Home? Really?

October 25, 2009

I will start this post with questions to you.  What is “home”?  To you, do you define this as merely a structure?  Or is it a place where your family dwells?  A place of warmth and love?  A retreat or sanctuary from “the world”?  

I was watching television the other night.  This slice of time was composed of news and commercials.

During this television time, it struck me that almost all I viewed was fear-based. 

Advertisements ranged in subject and situations, which included: 

  • Home alarm systems to keep intruders out
  • Various diseases and ailments including gas, bloating, erectile dysfunction, upset stomach, headache, insomnia, etc.  (this is a HUGE list)
  • Loneliness, which can be resolved  by on-line dating and matching
  • Being too fat (various diet organizations)
  • Yellow teeth
  • You Owe Back Taxes!
  • Foreclosed Homes
  • Dry Skin

We all recognize the content of news events, but just to highlight a few:

  • Nuclear threat
  • Unemployment statistics
  • Wars
  • Murders
  • Kidnapping
  • Foreclosures
  • Politics
  • Death Panels (I had to include this joke!)

So, where am I going with this?  Good question!

Each of the above topics can be traced to some type of fear, within us.  I’ll “regroup” the above list – note that some items are interrelated:

  • Fear of Not Being Employed
  • Fear of Fear
  • Fear of Loss (includes finances, home, relationships, and all physical objects)
  • Fear of Loneliness
  • Fear of the Body (this includes the fear of aging, disease, physical appearance, death, birth, etc.)

Wow!  Quite a list!

My thoughts then wandered to the definition of “home.”  Definitions (noun) include a place of residence, the social unit formed by a family living together, a congenial environment (taken from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary).  “Home” is also used in games, such “home” base in baseball.  But “home,” used an adjective, can also be defined as a safe place.  Home Sweet Home.  A place where we can gather with others we know and love. 

Yet if you think about it, fear exists there too, creeping into thoughts and therefore, actions, while we are “home.”  Now my question becomes a philosophical statement:  If “home” is truly a safe place, then it cannot be here.  Because there is NO place where one can be truly free from fear. 

Again, I ask if “home” is fear free, then where is it to be found?  


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