This post today is more of a vent for me. I’ve been VENTING about this for many years now. Ever since my cousin and Toby got really hurt in snowmobile accidents ON THE SAME DAY 12 years ago. It may be 13 years ago now.
Anyway. Have you all heard about this boy from Minnesota who is now paralyzed after a hit in a hockey game? Jack Jablonski. His name is everywhere and it would appear this story has gone viral. It’s such a sad story. Such a tragic accident. I hope this boy can make it and prove everyone wrong and walk again someday.
I’m really not one to blame accidents on things. I’m more of a “it won’t change anything” so I deal with it. I’m not one who if I lost someone in a hit and run accident that I wouldn’t be able to find closure if the person never came forward or was ever “caught.” It wouldn’t bring my loved one back so to me so I’d try and find closure on my own. It wouldn’t be determined on something outside myself.
I think what bothers me is that everything now has to go so fast. Everyone now has to tackle so hard. Hit so hard. Push people so hard. Snowmobiles, cars, boats and motorcycles have to go so fast. I remember when Evil Knievel jumped a few buses with his motorcycle, the world thought he was nuts. Well, he was nuts but he was NOTHING compared to what people do now.
Look at all the athletes that are now walking around without their brains intact. There are people fighting for them now. Some can’t tie their own shoes. Look at all the boxers and hockey players are walking around the same way only they don’t have teeth either.
Why the extremes? What is it in people who LOVE to see fighting and race cars going hundreds of miles an hour just waiting for a crash? Why do people yell at sporting events “hit em in the head” and such things? I know mostly it’s for fun and just something to yell and that most people don’t mean literally but man, things are so rough now. I see football players taking cheap ridiculous shots on their fellow-man and think it’s okay to ruin their careers and play dirty. These players shouldn’t be allowed to play ever again. It’s my opinion that if you hurt someone to the extreme that they can’t play anymore, neither should you.
What’s going to happy in 10 or 20 years? How fast will cars have to go then? How hard will you have to hit someone? How many home runs will they have to hit or how many miles will someone have to bike or run? Motorcycles? Boats? How much faster can we make machines? They aren’t safe now.
When you look at the past, the sporting equipment has changed. Speed has changed. You only had to tackle someone to stop the clock you didn’t try to take someones career away. Snowmobiles used to be really fun to drive and going 30 or 40 miles an hour didn’t hurt as many people who get hurt on them now.
I know there will always be accidents but when will people step back and at least try to prevent them?
When will it stop? Do you feel this way? What will it take for us to slow down? Is it possible to go back to a time when things were a touch safer? I just feel it’s gotten to be too much.