Fire, fire, fire, things are getting out of hand. This image is all about chaos and taking futile action.
We scream, thrash about, flailing desperately to gain control. For a moment we consider the thought all security is an illusion and we are all just one heartbeat away from disaster. Then we shrug and start propping up our security fantasies with more futile actions.
I'm not endorsing fatalism, but sometimes things do go horribly wrong.