Thursday, December 07, 2006

Lost

I know many of you are tired of hearing about the Kim family. Why this became a national story escapes me. This is a tragic story about a young family that didn't follow basic guidelines when venturing out into the wilderness. The stories list all sorts of crazy things that would have stopped most of us and made us question our decision.

Facts have come flying in with decision stoppers like.
They had to remove large rocks from the road in order to drive on.
The road is an abandoned logging road.
The road has a number of signs warning about winter dangers.
The weather was reporting a winter storm warning for the area.
The road is barely passable by four wheel drive, why would someone choose to use a Saab wagon?
No food planning went into the trip.
The Kim's failed to fill up with gas before accessing the road.
No survival planning.

I personally have taken survival courses and ventured out in treacherous conditions. I have dug snow caves and made fires in difficult situations. I know it isn't easy. One must takes steps to prepare yourself and these people had done nothing.

After many days of doing little things with the nothing you have we find the man, James, venturing out on his own. His lack of familiarity with the surroundings only succeeded in confusing him. Failure to function as a group ultimately caused this mans death.

This same story is played out in various forms all over the planet. We see people making poor decisions with a lack of planning and fore thought. This man paid the price with his life. Others simply make every attempt to avoid responsibility for their actions. James couldn't avoid it nor push blame onto others.

Each of us should weigh our decisions carefully. We should look at both the pros and the cons. We should be prepared for the blessings and the curses and stop relying on others to come to our rescue. We should further take steps to prepare for set backs large and small. Since Katrina and 9-11 everyone has been told to put together a basic survival kit. Have You? Are you prepared for the next big disaster coming to your home town?

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2 Comments:

Anonymous mudkitty said...

They made a wrong turn, for goodness' sakes.

10:18 AM, December 14, 2006  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Speaking of planning, would be nice if there was some of that in the the build up to the Iraq Invasion.

10:19 AM, December 14, 2006  

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