Tuesday, April 23, 2013

#113 / Invisible Blessings

The "Insight" section of the Sunday, April 21, 2013 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle had a story on highway safety. The story was featured on the cover under this title, "The Invisible Blessings of Prevention."

The point made in the article, which was authored by Franklin E. Zimring, a professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, is that "safety engineering" work, focused on both cars and highways, has massively reduced injuries and deaths related to highway driving. "Invisible" to most of us, this work to prevent accidents has had a massive payoff in safety for everyone. 

Where I live, the accident statistics for Highway 17 confirm Professor Zimring's analysis. In a much more general way, however, I think that the title applied to his essay is worth pondering. In fact, to the extent we invest in "prevention," we will secure to ourselves, and to our posterity, the blessings we hope for. 

Precaution and prevention. Two good principles to follow. 

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