Security

Common perceptions of security can be poorly mapped to measureable, objective security. For example, the fear of earthquakes has been reported to be more common than the fear of slipping on the bathroom floor although the latter harms many more people than the former. Similarly, the perceived effectiveness of security measures is sometimes different from the actual security afforded by those measures. The presence of security protections may even be taken for security itself.

So the perception of security and risks depends not only on general psychological mechanisms but also on cultural and social factors. Risk is never an objective phenomenon, but always "negotiated" or "constructed" within society, based on cultural backgrounds.

But what does security mean in our everyday life? And isn’t it necessary as well to look at the mental security every human being needs to feel at ease? Though this is probably not something that springs to mind, construction chemicals can play a pivotal role in providing security.

This is clearly illustrated by New Zealand, where, in the wake of several earthquake disasters, the buildings were seismically retrofitted with structural strengthening systems. Even after major tremors, the reinforced buildings showed only minor visible damage.

Apart from all the strengthening refurbishment work, the Romuald Burkhard Foundation also takes care of child earthquake victims in Chile by giving them residential shelter (p. 40).

Addressing another form of mental security, the Sika Ride UK sponsored cycling event raises much-wanted donations for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that provides shelter and advice for numerous people in need.

Security has many facets. We can all begin with ourselves and start by creating security for the disadvantaged around us.