Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Who's surprised by the Big Bad Wolf?

MelbournePhilosopher

From an article in today's age (http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Learner-faces-charges-over-fatal-crash/2004/12/21/1103391768919.html):
"We're all in shock and can't believe this has happened," he said.

What, may I ask, is so surprising about this? Learner drivers shouldn't be out on the road driving, because they don't have the experience to do it well. It's not like driving is really really hard, but you do need a certain amount of practise before you can reliably get it right, especially where other traffic or adverse conditions are involved. Like it being night-time and exceeding the speed limit.

To quote Forrest Gump, "stupid is as stupid does". If people question the value of intelligence, I think we have a prime example right here. Even in the hormone-fuelled existence of adolescence, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that cars are dangerous. Who is to blame here? It's hard to say. Pretty much everyone involved, I would say, apart from the driver of the oncoming vehicle who seems to have been mercifully unhurt.

Sure, it's a tragic loss of life, but it's hard to physically prevent people from doing this kind of thing. What's tragic about it is that it's just so senseless and dumb. It's a mistake to think that something like this can ever be made right, but it looks like they will throw the book at Simon. For myself, I don't really think jail will do anything, although a life-ban on driving is possibly appropriate. Let this be a lesson to everyone - don't downplay the value of intelligence and rational thinking. It wouldn't have taken a big dose of that to have prevented this accident.

Cheers,
-T

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