Yes, you can absolutely avoid dying

           or being injured in a motor vehicle.


To learn how you must use the DOOR.




   Here’s how: Absolutely avoid driving, riding as a passenger, or coming within 12 (we have to get our dozen in there) feet of any motor vehicle. This will make you completely safe as far as motor vehicles. No more worries about that.

   What’s going on here?

   It’s a start to some comments about risk. Just as the declaration “Life is terminal,” is announcing that “All life has risk.” Or to say it another way: All life encounters danger in one form or another. Remember rejoicing when your baby takes his first steps. But becoming vertical can make your tumble against a stove more dangerous than “crawling” against it. But who’d want to forever crawl?

   Growing up, or becoming “mature” is the fancy way of saying it, is recognizing and coming to terms with risk. As well as determining the real risk of certain behaviors. Or deciding the real risk of doing “A” rather than “B.” This is often difficult, and mistakes can be made. But making life as risk-free as possible can put the kibosh on a child (or adult) developing independence.

   Always playing it safe can leave a person unprepared for tragedy.

   As a teacher of young folks I’d often be asked if a book were “safe.”

   “Reading is never safe,” I’d reply, “but not reading (in one way or the other), I feel, is much more dangerous.” Of course oversimplified slogans like this can be dangerous, too.

   Risk assessment is wise and useful. Insurance companies succeed or fail in how well they do it. And it can never cancel out the accidental and unexpected.

   When I was 7, I had a freak–impossible to control for–accident on a school playground In a game of “Sheep and the Wolf.” I, a sheep, tripped and a chasing wolf tripped over me and landed, breaking my femur (the strongest bone in the body) and caused a spiral fracture that pulled my leg shorter and required surgery, two screws, lying in bed in a body cast for six weeks, and 66 years later a new hip to correct.

   Things happen, regardless.

   Be wise, choose well, and above all, don’t totally take motor vehicles out of your life. You can never tell when an ambulance might be needed to successfully complete your day.

   And, eventually, like it or not, another kind of vehicle will probably take you on your last earthly journey.