Blue Force Gear Quote of the Day: The Blind Leading the Blind

Helen Keller (courtesy

“’‘Security’ is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children of men, as a whole, experience it. In the long run, avoiding danger is no safer than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing!” – Helen Keller [h/t John Farnham]



  1. avatar Somebody Special says:

    Freedom’s just another word for nothin left to lose…

  2. avatar Badams says:

    Come to my nieghborhood and try that. Absolute security is a myth, but I assure you avoiding danger will pay off over ‘outright exposure’

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      You and Helen Keller are both right to a great extent.

      I think the best we can do is try to tip the odds in our favor every day. Even then, statistical outliers occur. Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. And KNOW that each day could be your last no matter what actions you have taken in advance. This is why people who are exceedingly wise tell their family every day that they love them.

  3. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    The woman was brilliant but she had some truly odd notions.

    1. avatar Mack Bolan says:

      Anne Sullivan was brilliant. Helen Keller was and would have remained a nothing without her.

      1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

        No argument there.

  4. avatar Mr. 308 says:

    Um, a) socialist means liar and b) what she really means is that for socialism to work the people have to remain with no means of security other than the state, because they might figure out where all the money is going some day.

    It’s very simple really.

  5. avatar B says:

    This was a woman with no eyes to see the truth and no ears to hear it either. A perfect socialist then, none of that pesky physical reality stuff to get in the way with how you think things should be.

  6. avatar H says:

    This point could be taken 180°.

    There is no security. The antis think there is. “If only there were no guns….” We know there isn’t so we take personal responsibility for our own. We can’t overcome every obstacle, calamity, natural disaster but we prepare and respond to the best of our ability. We learn the rules of survival from the land and obey them.

    On to Helen Keller. We have been barely educated about her in our lives. She was a fighter. She overcame some huge deficits. What they neglected to mention was that in her adult life she fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” She is speaking against being “sheeple.”

    1. avatar Hi Power Toter says:

      Exactly right. This quote isn’t anti-gun, it’s pro-real life.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Of course, for those completely incapable of using a gun, it is easy to advocate against them. That is why I regularly forgive Charles Krauthammer.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “What they neglected to mention was that in her adult life she fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.”

      That was a byproduct of her being a Socialist…

      1. avatar Dev says:

        Woman voting is socialism?

        1. avatar BroBrojustBro says:

          Yeah, what the hell is up with that? Hey, Bro, what brand of dog food do you feed to the members of the lesser sex that you have locked up in your basement? Did you allow them to vote on that choice Bro?

    3. avatar Ray says:

      I completely agree. Just like the TSA is security theatre,it is designed to give a false sense of security that doesn’t not exist in nature, It is our own responsibility to provide for own security and we can either live in fear and not really live or accept that we can never be perfectly safe and live our lives accordingly.

  7. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    I don’t rag on the blind and deaf-Happy Mothers day you Mothers!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Happy Day you Mother…

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        As Betty White said at the end of the SNL episode she hosted right before Mother’s Day,:

        “Happy Mother’s Day, motherfvckers!”

        ‘Cept they bleeped out part of that…

  8. avatar Paul says:

    I think you’re all reading too much into this. Her point was that she refused to be intimidated by the day-to-day risks inherent in being both blind and deaf. Once she learned about the outside world, she attacked life with gusto.

    That said, I doubt she would have a lot of interest in carrying a weapon if she could neither hear nor see her target.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I suspect that if I became blind and deaf tomorrow, I would still wish to carry. In case someone came to my defense in my moment of need, I would like to be able to provide that person with a gun. But blind and deaf from birth, I cannot imagine ever coming to that conclusion.

  9. avatar Chris. says:

    While that’s a true statement; Security is Risk mitigation. You will never have 0 risk. But you can be prepared to counter threats that arise. That is “Security.”

  10. avatar MamaLIberty says:

    Mother’s Day? Meh…. All I got was this wimpy card, not even a Cabela’s gift certificate in it. I’m the only “gunny” in the family, so it was no surprise…

    All right… I’ll go buy my own stuff. 🙂

    Happy Mother’s day to all the other well armed mothers out there. Hope you all got something interesting.

    1. avatar MamaLIberty says:

      “Interesting” is how I managed to write this comment to the wrong topic! Sorry about that…

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        P1ss on that, Mama. Happy Mother’s Day!

  11. avatar oldandshaky says:

    … therefore those those of ye who have eyes, let yourselves be armed. See Matthew 6:34. Those of ye with no eyes to see, adventure abounds every day.

  12. avatar Dr Brainwash says:

    Yeah. Let’s all bash Hellen Keller. That’ll win us some support. Are you trying to give the antis ammo? Again?

  13. avatar Dev says:

    How are people seeing this quote as negative? What the quote means is to embrace and experience life, to not let fear hold one back because the idea of being safe and secure and protected from all dangers is a myth.

  14. avatar Wright says:

    Sounds pro living life to me.

  15. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I try to stack the deck in my favor.

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