Safety is a good thing. As government experts have discovered through research on unsafe things, safety is the best defense against danger. That’s why we have OSHA and CPSC and other government-sponsored collections of capital letters. Safety also is why we have safety helmets, safety glasses and safety safeties on guns.
Still, safety is no match for stupid. For instance, if a person — say someone a lot like myself — were to take a circular power saw in one hand and run it across a piece of wood being held in his other hand, which is positioned so that an index finger is directly in the path of a saw blade, no amount of blade guards, product warnings, helmets or other safety stuff can prevent the outcome. Stupid wins hands down. However, luck also plays a part. For instance, if I were to whack off only the bottom half of the last part of an index finger, which I have, well I could consider myself lucky compared to what I could have chopped off, which I do, you know, consider myself lucky. And as anyone who has a relative win the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes knows, which I don’t, luck is relative.