As a young child my mother often used a simple Band-Aid
to sooth a scratch or minor cut. Whether it actually helped or not,
my guess is that in many cases it did not. But the thought that it
was there, made me feel better. One summer day my older brother fell
from the top of a step ladder and broke his arm and suffered a compound
fracture of the radial bone in his forearm. My mother was smart enough
to recognize that this was not a Band-Aid fixable problem. It required
a more well thought out solution.
Earlier this month Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman was killed by a
hit-and-run driver while participating in an annual fundraiser to raise
funds for muscular dystrophy research. We likely have all seen this fund
raiser taking place around our state and perhaps country. This particular
hit-and-run driver actually targeted the fire fighter with his auto and
succeeded in killing the fire fighter. Almost immediately there was talk
from some legislators that this practice of passing the “boot” should
be outlawed. This MS fund raising practice by fire fighters raises thousands
of dollars each year by each fire fighting unit involved. Apparently
this is a Boo-Boo that needs fixing. Let’s pass a law…. A
In Oct of 2015, Robert Williams, a 25-year-old worker at the Ford Motor
Company Factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, is said to be the first man in
history to be killed by a robot. A robotic arm designed to pick up and
remove stray parts from a work-area began functioning slower than normally
intended, and Williams entered the area to speed up the process by picking
up the parts himself. The robotic arm descended unexpectedly, killing
him instantly. Perhaps we should pass a law banning the use of robotic
devices in factories. We could put a Band-Aid on that problem as well.
We already have laws that prohibit distracted driving, but our legislators
push to add laws that would ban texting and driving, talking on cell
phones and driving. Band-Aid… Band-Aid. When a deranged person
cuts loose and guns down one or a bunch of innocent people the cry from
many legislators is for more gun control laws. To me that is just another
The problems involved in the examples above are not simple and likely
are not going to be fixed by passing another law.
Band-Aid… Band-Aid… Band-Aid… Band-Aid. Band-Aids fix
little booboos. They don’t really address the source of the problem.
The problem just might be we don’t have enough people who respect
others around them, or who do not expect to be held accountable for their
own action or who don’t realize that the journey we take along
life’s path and the scenery we see along that journey are a whole
lot more important than the destination we think we want to arrive at.
Band-Aids are pretty and serve a function, but that function is not to
fix problems which arise when a person’s mind and soul do not conform
to what our society deems acceptable.