How Safe is Safe Enough?

This article appeared in the New York Times recently.  It’s about new safety standards for automobiles when involved in a rollover accident.  Car roofs will have to be twice as strong as they are now.  What’s interesting is the way they determine whether a higher standard is justified.  The federal government assigns a value to a human life.  This is used to determine how much cost should be spent to meet a new requirement.  The current administration says we are worth $9.1 million.  The previous administration used as little as $6.8 million.  You can bet somebody somewhere is making political hay out of that.

I’m sure that if you lost a loved one to a rollover accident you would say no amount of money is too much to spend to make cars rollover safe.  The question is how safe is safe enough?  You can’t save everybody.  There is a law of diminishing returns.  Have you noticed that drivers of big trucks, Expeditions, Suburbans, Hummers as a general rule seem to drive more aggressively than the rest of us.  If you had one of those cars with a camera focused on your eyes to detect lose of concentration would you be tempted to drive when you were not at your most alert?  The safer you feel the more chances you take.  Law of diminishing returns.  We can’t live in a bubble.  We can’t live in a cocoon.

We live in a dangerous world.  We need protection.  We need protection physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  We need protection but more than that we need wisdom.  We can’t expect the government or car makers or anybody else to protect us, to guide us, keep us safe enough.  Only God can do that.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to How Safe is Safe Enough?

  1. manoahswife says:

    Well said. Wish I had said it! 🙂

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