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Idiot Filter At Work Again!

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What is it with Americans? How can a country that has put human beings on the Moon have so many idiots? Just this weekend four men and four kids were on a boat on a lake in the USA. One idiot pushes another one overboard, very funny. First idiot can’t swim, so in goes the second idiot to save him. What was he thinking? He can’t swim either. Neither could Idiots #3 and #4. #4 had the sense to grab a lifejacket but didn’t actually put it on. All four idiots’ bodies have been recovered.

The smartest people on board were the four kids aged from 2 to 9. They stayed on the boat and used a cell phone to call for help. If the other three adults had used half as much common sense they would have thrown a life jacket to the man in the water then called for help instead of emulating their Hollywood heroes and impulsively diving to the rescue.

First of all they should have been wearing the PFDs, personal floatation devices. Second, don’t play silly pranks on the  water. If you are not 100% sure the man can swim then how funny is pushing him to his death? Third, Man Overboard (MOB) drills should be practised. I always run them when I sail so even my kids know how to stop the boat and throw a PFD on a rope to the MOB. Getting me back aboard might be problematic for them at this age but one can always cling to the side until help arrives and I would never go far from potential help with the kids aboard and no other adults.

Getting back to Idiotsville, USA, while I can understand the first rescuer diving in, why did two more follow? What did they hope to achieve? I have to say I find this rather indicative of the American psyche. I find Americans to be generous and giving and often brave as lions. In this case too brave.  Their ‘hoo rah!’ fist pumping braggadocio way of doing things back fired because it lacked the basic skill of being able to swim. Surely that would be foremost in one’s mind when deciding on the best course of action? Apparently not and another easily avoided tragedy strikes. I wonder how those children will cope with this in later life?

The Idiot Filter Skims The Gene Pool Once Again

Another senseless, avoidable tragedy

I’m sorry, I know I sound callous, heartless and critical but sometimes the stupidity of some people just astounds me. Here we have six teenagers drowning in front of their families in Louisiana, USA. None of them could swim. None of their family can swim. Yet they not only go for a BBQ next to a river, but they wade in the thing! This is a stretch of water that has 6m drop offs!

Why can’t they swim? Why can’t any of them swim? Why did they go and not for the first time, to the river when none of them can swim? It is a tragedy, no doubt but what is truly tragic is that these people are either so dumb, so ignorant or so complacent that they just didn’t think, did they?

Every country in the world has their share of dumb citizens. These ones come from the most technologically advanced country on the planet, the USA. How can anyone there, especially those living close to rivers or oceans, reach High School and not be able to swim? My kids are all learning at the moment. The eldest can already swim but I don’t want her left out and she is improving. The others range in age from 2 to just turned 7 so high time they learned. The baby will learn next year. Surely the ability to swim is a basic life skill (BLS)?

BLS’s include swimming, self defence, driving, riding, sailing, managing money, personal well-being, first aid and leadership. Every human being should know how to swim, drive a car or ride a motorbike, ride a horse, sail a small boat, give first aid and look after their finances and health. As well they need to know about managing themselves (self-disicpline) and other people.

Personal well being includes being able to cook, sew, iron, launder and dress appropriately for the weather and the situation. Common sense skills that sadly few kids are properly taught. Perhaps their parents simply expect they will acquire the skills they need ‘along the way’. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. My kids will because I teach them what they need to know to enjoy their lives.

As for the sad victims of that drowning tragedy, as harsh as it sounds, I put it down to the Idiot Filter, skimming the top of the Gene Pool. Sometimes we have to shock people into doing what is right for their own good so if anyone reading this takes offense, I’ll wear that. So long as you take notice and make sure, before you cast your first stone at me, your house is in order and at the very least your loved ones can swim.

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