Monday, February 14, 2011

Learning from the mistakes of others...

The purpose for this blog is to pass on good information that makes people think and, it keeps me sharp. Writing is a discipline and I'm not a very disciplined person at times.

Here is something to keep you sharp. When you hear names like James Kim, Aron Ralston, Timothy Treadwell or Christopher McCandless, do you simply emote like some demented Ing'enue, or do you look at what they did wrong and decide not to do that? Or see a lack of preparation and then decide to prepare?

In some circles, any critique of these people is viewed as "Monday morning quarterbacking" or some other nonsense. Then we come to the chestnut of the idiotic, "It's better to be kind than to be right."

2 comments:

Ken Cook said...

Fact is, most really good survival stories, including all the ones mentioned in your blog post, start with one simple mistake. Sometimes that mistake is glaring, sometimes so subtle. The problem with the current media treatment of these people is to portray them as the helpless victims of circumstance, rather than the victims of their own choices and decisions.

Don Rearic said...

I know in the case of James Kim, it was reported that he was an "avid outdoorsman." This is partially the fault of the family and then the media for taking that flattened ball and running with it.

Playing soccer, softball, basketball or volleyball...or enjoying a nice walk in a park does not an "avid outdoorsman" make.