Should You Fight Fire with Fire?

Should You Fight Fire with Fire?

  Should we fight fire with fire? Let’s just take a moment and think about this in a vaguely logical way. Say you’re chilling in your house/flat/shed/cottage/castle/mansion/dorm room/other [delete as appropriate] and you accidentally start a fire from smoking inside/cooking/putting weird things in the microwave/starting a log fire/burning your loved one’s possessions/playing with a flame thrower/being so attractive everything you touch turns to burn/lighting fireworks/other [delete as appropriate]. Now I’m going guess you first reaction won’t be to then start another fire to put out that fire. Because that would 1. Not work 2. Be crazy 3. Probably get you killed a little quicker   So, what would you do? Maybe douse the flames with water or smother them but essentially try literally anything that would put the fire out. The point is you’re going to shut it down before your nice cosy living space becomes a pile of ash. At least, I really hope so anyway. Logically ish then we can sort of agree that maybe fighting fire...
Read More
Why Helping Isn’t Always Helpful

Why Helping Isn’t Always Helpful

  This is an analogy which has stuck with me for a little while now. It illustrates such a good point (that helping isn't alway helpful) that I wanted to share it. When you’re on an aeroplane you have those few boring minutes right at the start where you have to go through the safety announcements. One of the things that the flight attendant says is that in the event of an emergency, you should first put on your own oxygen mask before helping someone next to you. The reason being, if you help them first, you may well suffocate while trying and then you’re both screwed. First, put on your own mask and then you are physically in a position where you can help the next person. Here’s another similar analogy that one of my friends gave me. Imagine there are three people unconscious in a room. The ambulance turns up. What do the ambulance crew do? My gut reaction was, go...
Read More