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Friday, December 28, 2007

WHY DO SMART PEOPLE DO FOOLISH THINGS?

WHY DO SMART PEOPLE DO FOOLISH THINGS?

In this day and age when tragedy occurs, almost immediately there are the recriminations blaming other people for causing the tragedy: the young girl who leaves a bar at 2 in the morning in New York City alone and without a chaperone found murdered the following morning; the girl in Aruba who gets drunk and takes drugs possibly murdered by the strangers with whom she leaves the bar; just several days ago the young 17 year old, most likely as it is now thought, tantalizes a Bengal tiger at the San Francisco Zoo and gets killed by the tiger. Many instances of such events occur almost weekly in the US.

Soon others are being blamed for the foolishness of the victims. Now with the zoo tragedy it was determined that the wall enclosing the tiger was too low – 12 instead of 20 feet as was previously thought. You see, something or some other person will have to be blamed for the tragedy. Blame anything or anybody else other than the victims.

What prompts me to write this Blog is the tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan yesterday. She by all accounts was a very intelligent woman, probably to have been the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. She knows that the radical elements are trying to kill her, for they tried and almost succeeded on the first day of her return to Pakistan. Now this very intelligent lady gets into her armored Mercedes SUV – armored for protection – and as the car is leaving the area she stands up through the roof window to wave to the crowd when an opportunistic lone gunman fired two shots killing her. This was very foolish!

These are tragedies, none the less. And we, civilized peoples, cannot understand why they have to happen. But they do because there are many among us who are not civilized and are downright evil. Why do we not want to blame the victims of such tragedies? I believe it may be because we do not want to add more misery to an already grieving family. In a way, I can understand this. But let’s face it. The victims in many cases are very culpable for their own tragedies. This is sad, but it is true.

My father who never went to school but who was, nevertheless, a smart man, always preached to me when I was a kid: “tell me who you go out with and I will tell you who you are” and “if you get into trouble with some people, you should not have been there with them in the first place.” As a child and young man I carefully scrutinized where and with whom I went. I am not saying that I never got into trouble because I did, but when I did it was usually due to the fact that I ignored my father’s advice. We do live and learn while walking Planet Earth!

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
www.drtauraso.com


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