There’s a growing tension in this country between political leaders and citizens. (And in case you’ve forgotten, one of those groups are the bosses of the other.)

Lives are being squandered, the economy is being destroyed, and trust is waning. As more and more governors and politicians say we have to stay inside, there’s more data becoming available that suggest the mortality rate is much, much lower than originally thought.

People are waking up to the idea that this was unnecessary, and it’s got them angry.

Meanwhile, politicians are keeping inside, guided by the premise that we can all get back to our lives and routines “when it’s safe.”

This goes hand-in-hand with the “if we save just one life… then it’s worth it” philosophy. And it’s just as wrong.

When have pioneers or entrepreneurs ever waited until something was safe before they pursued it? America was founded on optimism and risk. It was founded on the idea that we can shape our own destiny, and the reward may be far greater than the risk.

We also knew that death was a part of risk. But that a life of fear is a wasted life. As Washington said, “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

The fact is, life is never safe. It never has been, and it never will be. The joy, mystery, and adventure of life is what gives it meaning and purpose. You only get one, and you should live every day like it’s your last.

Politicians that say we must stay inside “until it is safe” are preying upon our fears and counting on our spirit of exploration and adventure to be forgotten.

Life is never safe, and leaving your house is never safe. But if I’m going to spend the rest of my life living in fear and isolation, then I may already be dead.