The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 22, 2013

Who gave you the wrench?

Daily Item

---- — After a "catastrophic" incident, individuals who make an effort to suggest or enact corresponding preventative measures tend to believe that the methods of practice that were present before the happening were flawed and/or must be changed immediately.

This can be harmful in itself since those who overreact and wish to make adjustments may come to a conclusion without analyzing the situation and before finding evidence that future conditions will be comparable and foreseeable, and that the catalyst will able to be pinpointed accurately.

Attempting to make amends is acceptable if there is a true issue that did or will predictably lead to the occurrence; however, false causes are too prominent, are overly easy to claim and waste time. Sometimes, an event is shocking and cruel.

If it is shocking, chances are that it was unpreventable. If it was inevitable from the beginning, then if it is to occur again, it will and whoever or whatever was responsible is able to find an alternate mode of execution. Importantly, the unneeded precautious measures will have expended unnecessary energy, time, resources, worry, and thought. This waste is more precious than attempting to avoid the fate of the situation.

These significant entities can be saved, and activities which are conducive to improvement can be the focus. These useless measures may be tantamount to the rebuilding of an entire home when a mere sink is clogged.

Next, perhaps it is necessary to shut down the entire country when someone steals a toothpick out of the BLT of a gas station attendee.

Brandy Shrawder,

Mifflinburg Area High School