Wish in one hand; s**t in the other; see which fills up first.
-- Folk Wisdom
Fishin' for Trouble; Hope Ain't a Tactic
The movie Deepwater Horizon depicts the events and poor decisions preceding and exacerbating one of the outsized, normal accidents of our age.
In this clip Mark Wahlberg, playing Chief Electronics Engineer Mike Williams, presents the seemingly obvious:
If you go fishing for trouble, you'd better gear up.
To embark upon dangerous pursuits, it helps to arm ourselves with knowledge, tools, skills and practice, practice, practice. Err on the side of caution. Get our heads in the game.
All too often, hope is mistaken for a tactic.
We plunge ahead, counting on fair weather. On our reflexes. On our instincts. Our guts. Our ability to wing it. On rescue. We imagine that these will pull us through. Often enough they do. But now and then things go south in a hurry.
And we're caught out.
Recently, I heard blind risk described as putting a paper bag over one's head with a bucolic scene painted on the inside. Running through that imagined or wished-for landscape is bound to end poorly.
We can't rule out risk, and really, we don't even look to minimize it. After all, most of the worthwhile pursuits in life are inherently risky. Risk is something we accept as the price of living large.
But stupid risk. Blind risk. The kind of risk that predictably cuts short the pursuit of happiness...
I mean, c'mon!