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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rudyard Kipling: IF

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all others doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, nor being lied about don't deal in lies, or being hated don't give way to hating, and yet do not look too good nor talk too wise...

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same,
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to broken and stoop and build them up with worn out tools;

If you can make a heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss and lose and start against your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss,

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold On!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men can count with you but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distant run;
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it,
And, which is more, you'll be a Man, my son.

Evanescence - Bring Me to Life: Live At Las Vegas How can you see into my eyes like open doors Leading you down into my core Where I've become so numb Without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold Until you find it there and lead it back home (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become Now that I know what I'm without You can't just leave me Breathe into me and make me real Bring me to life (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become Frozen inside without your touch Without your love darling Only you are the life among The dead All this time I can't believe I couldn't see Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems Got to open my eyes to everything Without a thought without a voice without a soul Don't let me die here There must be something more Bring me to life (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become (Bring me to life) I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside (Bring me to life)

Inurement is the hardening, habituation or becoming accustomed to something undesirable by prolonged subjection to it.  Alarms sounding continuously in various environments can produce this reaction so that the populace or personnel in that environment no longer respond diligently. Being overwhelmed by alarms, they are overcome to either ignore, delay response or simply compelled to shut it off without even a response.  If they have little control over the sounding alarm it simply becomes another stressor within their environment with which they must cope somehow.

There are, of course, very real consequences and liabilities to silencing, disabling or ignoring warnings and alarms only because they are unpleasant and stressful or we are not ready, willing or able to respond.  Most have real meaning and require a response beyond just shutting it off.


Emergency Departments are prime examples of how to respond 
systematically by Triage or prioritization based upon what they can and cannot do.  They do not advertise their simplified system because that in itself creates another condition.  For instance, medical triage in a disaster indicates by color, shape, number and so on their collective expectations for acuity and ability to treat people based upon conditions and resources available. If the System's qualifications are discovered, for example when the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic in 1912, the policy of women and children first was followed by whom next? It may have been those in First Class perceived as having more to lose materially.  Reportedly, there were not enough lifeboats and those used were poorly organized to take on any more survivors. All to accommodate a false sense of safety, privilege and relative comfort of Class rather than human lives.

With the proliferation of conditions being monitored people become inured to the warning signs and alarms themselves.  Vigilance becomes a hardened habituation accustomed to prolonged subjection to undesirables over which the populace has diminishing if any control over.  Inurement to alarm results in disaster, chaos and unavoidable Class stratifications at the last minute based upon Power and Entitlement.