Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hey! Watch This!

>>The Florida Highway Patrol says a Winter Park teenager died while riding in a shopping cart being pulled by a sport utility vehicle. 18-year-old Cameron Bieberle was sitting in the cart and holding onto the Cadillac Escalade. The shopping cart overturned when it and the SUV went over a speed bump.<<

Another “Hey! Watch this!” moment that went wrong, as so many of them do.

Learning experience for the rest of us? Probably close to zero. We don’t learn from others’ stupidity; there are only so many ways to injure or kill us and we keep doing them over and over. If people have been killed being pulled by vehicles before, you’d think we might say, “Huh; that’s dangerous, real dangerous. I better not do that or I could end up in very unfortunate circumstances.”

Not only that, but when someone warns us away from a dangerous action, or one that’s potentially dangerous, we can get defensive and snarky. Try telling a smoker that 4,000 people die each year from the weed and see what happens. Try telling kids on the eve of their 21st birthday that doing 21 shots can kill them, or at least fry their brains, and see how much of a difference it makes.

Maybe the School of Hard Knocks really exists. We have to invent the wheel with every new generation. Every person needs to start from zero, make every mistake, get injured, maybe die. Those with brains survive. In the end, Darwin wins.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that there are two stages of life first we're all invincible, bad things happen to others, the second stage we then become the others- this all comes with age and experience.
There is something to the saying " Youth is wasted on the young".

March 11, 2008 9:18 AM  

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