Hello and thanks to all who responded to my question(s) about
foreseeing accidents while working- or at least about trying to
learn how to foresee and avoid them. I hope this isn’t straying too
far from the concrete, technical matters that fill so much of these
The responses have been almost all positive (and mostly off line).
That is, people seemed to recognize or share the feeling I was
trying to describe, the “just before you do it” warning that can
sometimes save our fingers or other valuable bits from damage - if
we can learn to recognize it.
Ron Mills writes that I may just be suffering from occasional spells
of paranoia.or death-wish fantasies. Well, it goes without saying
that I would be the last to know if that were the case or not, but I
don’t think that’s what I was trying to describe. I mean, I do think
I know the difference between paranoia and prudence. (Vestigial
remains of a long-ago psych degree.) But there may be a grain of
truth in what he says. I was writing about the dangers that come
from within us.
All of us,no matter how accomplished in our skills, no matter how
excellent our tools, no matter how meticulous our technique, still
have to work with the one most unpredictable factor, our own
psyches. This is ever-changing from day to day and moment to moment.
At least, that’s the way I see humans. So if I, or anyone else, has
a bit of paranoia or a mischievous little death-wish devil running
around inside the works from time to time, I shouldn’t be surprised.
Whatever it is, I don’t want to be operating dangerous machinery
while that’s going on.
My wife tells me that Heraclitus wrote that “The Heart always gets
what it wants at the Psyche’s expense.”
I don’t want any part of me to get anything at the expense of other
That little death-wish devil has been an abject failure so far and,
really, he ought to relax. All he’s got to do is wait long enough
and he’ll get what he wants. I just don’t want him spoiling my fun
Thanks for putting up with my occasional rambles. You are a very
friendly and interesting group of people.