Are You Secure?

(Part 5 of 5)


Security is a fundamental need that goes beyond ourselves. It is not only about our safety but also about ensuring the safety of others. We discuss why our security is dependent on the security of others and how we can work together to create a safer world.

Why Our Security Relies on the Security of Others

  • Interdependency: Our lives are closely tied to the lives of others. When someone around us feels insecure or unsafe, it affects the overall sense of security within our communities and society. For example, if burglars frequently target one neighbour’s house, it creates a sense of unease for the entire neighbourhood. Similarly, imagine living in a neighbourhood where only a few houses have proper security measures, while the rest lack them. Even if your home is secure, the overall sense of safety in the neighbourhood is compromised. By ensuring that everyone in the area has adequate security, we contribute to the collective security of the entire community.
  • Ripple Effect: Insecurity can spread like a ripple in a pond. If one part of a community or society lacks security, it can lead to a chain reaction of instability, fear, and unrest. Ensuring the safety of others helps maintain peace and stability.
  • Collaboration and Trust: Building a secure environment requires collaboration and trust among individuals and communities. The security of public spaces, such as parks, malls, and transportation systems, impacts everyone who uses them. If these spaces lack proper security measures, it can deter people from feeling safe and limit their ability to enjoy and utilise them fully. Advocating for improved security measures in public spaces improves collective security.

How Can We Develop Collective Security?

We all have a role to play in encouraging collective security and creating a safer world. Here are some simple ways we can contribute:

  • Building Relationships: Knowing our neighbours and building community relationships is essential. By encouraging connections, we create a sense of trust and mutual support. Simple acts like checking in on our neighbours, organising neighbourhood meetings, or participating in community events contribute to a safer environment.
  • Promoting Safety Practices: Encouraging and practising safety measures for ourselves and others is vital. This includes following traffic rules, securing our homes, and promoting responsible behaviour. For instance, being prepared for emergencies is crucial for collective security. Encouraging others to have emergency kits, knowing evacuation routes, and staying informed about local emergency plans are all ways to contribute to collective security. Likewise, encourage digital safety practices by sharing information about password security, avoiding phishing scams, and educating others about online threats. By doing so, we contribute to a culture of safety and demonstrate our commitment to collective security.
  • Supporting Community Initiatives: Community initiatives that improve security, such as neighbourhood watch programs or disaster preparedness efforts, are vital. Volunteering our time, donating resources, or actively participating in such initiatives demonstrate our dedication to collective security and the well-being of others. Likewise, monitoring and reporting suspicious activities creates a safer environment for everyone in the neighbourhood.


As individuals, we can only truly be secure when others feel secure too. Understanding the importance of collective security helps us create a safer world for all. By acknowledging the interdependency of our security, supporting others in need, and actively participating in community initiatives, we foster a sense of unity and collaboration that enhances the safety and well-being of everyone. Let’s work together to ensure everyone can live safely and securely. Remember, as Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

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