We are being led by fear …out of an abundance of caution.

We are being led by fear, out of an abundance of caution.

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The definition of the word “caution” is: “Care taken to avoid danger or mistakes.” The overused term that we hear from too many politicians and so-called leaders “…out of an abundance of caution…” makes no sense. There is no need to have an ‘abundance’ of caution when having caution is actually enough.

So why do many say it? I’m not 100% sure. Perhaps they think that it makes people feel better? If having caution is good, then having an abundance of it must be better right?

Not really… it’s because they are driven by fear and they would rather call everything off than risk being held responsible for any potential downside. It reminds me of when I was kid…

In the good ole days, growing up outside of Boston, we got a lot of snow. The best thing in the world for a kid was a SNOW DAY! Snow day meant NO SCHOOL!

I remember going to bed and praying that I would hear those glorious words on the radio…

“No school today in…” and they would run down the list of all the towns in alphabetical order… they finally got to the M’s “…in Malden, Medford, and Methuen.” I have no idea what they said after that, I was in Methuen and my day was set!

This usually meant that there was a blizzard. Not that there MIGHT be a blizzard! If they didn’t call my town, we geared up and made the trek to the bus stop, hoping we didn’t get run over by a car sliding off the icy road.

Now, they cancel school the night before a storm ‘out of an abundance of caution.’ The mentality of our leaders has changed.

The pandemic has brought out the worst of our ‘out of an abundance of caution‘ mentality. We closed schools. We shut down businesses. We make kids and healthy adults wear masks and get vaccinations.

We have serious issues to deal with and we cannot continue on the path we are on. Where are our leaders? Where has the ‘home of the brave’ mentality gone? We need real leaders to step up and help save our country.

Let’s get back to work, school and to the business of building our great country. I suggest we stop using the term ‘out of an abundance of caution’ and instead we ‘proceed with caution‘ but also with courage, ambition and a vision for a better future.

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