I like to look at things from different angles and perspectives. From the guy who came up with the Placebo Journal, you should expect that from me. This article about defibrillators really interests me. On the surface I think it is ridiculous that there may have been 1000 deaths over the past fifteen years due to the AED batteries not being charged. It is so sad and if I was a family member of one of those people needing a shock and not getting it due to negligence then I would be pissed. Being a little cynical, however, there is the point of expectations that really irks me a little. Here is one lady being quoted:
“He was just 55 years old,” said the 77-year-old Mesa, Ariz., woman. “He shouldn’t have died. I was very upset that the equipment wasn’t working, because if it had been working, it might have saved him. I just felt horrible that a young man should pass away when we have so much modern equipment today. But it’s no good if it doesn’t work.”
Who is to say who should die or not? The dude mentioned above died in a gym but maybe there was more to the story. I don't know. Maybe he smoked for forty years. Maybe the shocks wouldn't have saved him anyway. How can we prove it?
I guess my point is that we expect so much in society. It reminds me of the rant that Louie CK did about having to deal with slow internet access on a plane (the whole clip above is worth it). Granted, the damn AEDs need to have their freakin' batteries checked but will this lead to more lawsuits due to an expectation of high technology that we take for granted? What if there aren't enough AEDs in the area or there wasn't easy access to them or whatever. How far will it go? Or maybe I am just an idiot.