PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Lauren Rants
 
Comments: 15
Article views: 1242
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Lauren Rants's badges.
 

High Walls

28 March 2013, 20:05

When we see someone approaching our car windows, we roll them up. In the evenings when we go to bed, we bolt our doors from top to bottom. We install alarm systems and panic buttons in every nook and cranny of our humble abodes, and build extra-extra high security gates with spikes on top, to surely impale the flesh of any potential asshole intruders.

How can anyone blame us? We live in a country that has one of the highest crime rates in the world. It is because of this that most South Africans literally live in fear. I am not saying this is wrong in anyway, our safety is of the utmost importance, but this paranoia and intense over the top fear keeps us from actually living our lives to the extent that we should be.

The ongoing, never-ending violence and hate-crimes in our country does not help us feel any safer, so naturally we feel it necessary to put all of these protective measures in place. Many people decide to up and leave to another country with a lower crime rate; such as Switzerland or Australia (and then ironically get mugged or murdered upon moving, proving that crime is something from which you simply cannot escape)

We surround ourselves with “High Walls”, physically and figuratively.

However, I have a massive problem with people who live in fear. I myself live with such people – the most paranoid humanoids I have ever encountered in my worldly existence. We have this fancy roll-down security gate separating the upstairs bedrooms from the downstairs area.

It was about 4 in the afternoon when my boyfriend, Shaun, and I arrive home, but when we decide to go upstairs, lo and behold…the security gate is locked – protecting our fearful hibernating housemates. I thought, really? There are other people in the house, you are not alone, AND it is only 4 in the afternoon, and you have locked the heavy-duty prison gate for protection?

So is it fine if Shaun and I get hacked to death by intruders, as long as you are safe and sound from the deathly danger downstairs? Do we REALLY live in this amount of fear? This is absurd. Locking yourself inside like an inmate at a high security prison cannot actually be called living.

Having previously lived over seas for well over a decade, I have observed much difference in residential security. Homes in England, for example, do not possess one single burglar bar, high wall, or gate (The majority of middle-class homes, unless you are rich to an ungodly extent and can afford to cater to your hibernation habits) yet the crime rate up there is significantly lower than down here.

Of course there are deeper and more complicated reasons for this, which is a discussion for another article, but one reason is that the houses are so very close together, with no high walls, meaning that not only are neighbors are so close to one another for emergency assistance or police-phoning, but if a burglar gets inside, people will hear you scream, and you will not be so trapped behind your high security systems (which could, in a situation like this, end up working against you if the burglar has already found his/her way in)

Living in big isolated houses , as opposed to normal-sized houses close to one another down a street, is in many ways putting you in much more danger. Your home is clearly more of a target as it is obvious you have riches and many wonderful things to steal. Burglars literally rub their hands in glee at these houses! They will also think – if that person can afford so much security, imagine how much nice stuff I can take?

Who cares if I take their lives with it? And one thing to remember – if the burglar wants to get in bad enough, the burglar will get in. No matter how many spy-movie-gadgets you have surrounding your home. He will get in. And your big fancy James Bond security pumped house will keep you no safer than a regular home with a white picket fence and no burglar bars.

It is through living in fear that we are actually putting ourselves in more danger. A prime example of this is the Oscar Pistorius case. If he had not been so paranoid and neurotic about his vulnerability, safety and security, he would not have bought a gun, subsequently meaning that Reeva Steenkamp would not be a pile of ashes right now. Living in fear is more dangerous than the reason for that fear. I am not in any way saying we should all knock down our gates and live in little shacks with no security. Not at all. I am merely making an observation that people should ponder upon.

Moral of the story – Just don’t live in so much damn fear. You are only attracting bad things to actually happen to you, and preventing yourself from living the life you should be living. If you want to walk to the shops, walk to the shops! Without the fear that someone is going to jump on you and rape you.

If you want to sit alone at home with a glass of wine in front of the television – do it - Without the fear of someone waltzing in and disemboweling you. Living in fear is not living. Carry a pepper spray if you will. Keep your doors locked if home alone. Always let someone know where you are. Make sure the necessary security measures are in place. Just don’t keep yourself from living a normal life.

Break down those high walls inside of you preventing you from being a normal human being. Live. Live your life. 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jotta Malvern Booysen
Open letter to Premier Helen Zill...

After kidney failure people need a new kidney or dialysis to live. If you do not get dialysis, toxins will build up in your blood and water will fill your lungs and you will die. Read more...

10 comments 839 views
Submitted by
Natalie Paulse Fourie
Justice in this country is not re...

I have recently be made aware of an acquaintance who has been given over a year in prison for Drunk driving. There was no accident and no one was hurt. Read more...

3 comments 423 views
Submitted by
Freddie Jones
What am I missing?

The legal acrobatics that are currently happening because SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala has been asked to produce evidence that she hold the qualifications that she claimed to hold are quite mystifying. Read more...

0 comments 205 views
Step into their shoes

Many times in life there are things which because of us being used to, we end up thinking they are just meant to be there or to be part of our life.  Read more...

2 comments 276 views
Submitted by
StormyWeather
Fireworks and Animals

Our little suburb in Johannesburg, that has a FB page with 987 members, has already posted more than 6 cases of lost/found doggies due to fireworks. Read more...

17 comments 664 views
Submitted by
Thomas Freeman
What can wash away my sins?

The notion of God is as old as humanity and when you have a God, as world history tells us, he needs to be appeased and pacified by constant ritual sacrifice.  Read more...

133 comments 1330 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.