wrecked train 
by t. r. ainwreck
it happened oh-so-fast, that nobody could explain
if only someone warned us, then (there wouldn’t be)
· untrue. train wrecks do not fall out of the sky.
· in fact, if we examined train accidents in super-slow motion, we’d be able to accurately predict the wreck, well in advance.
- warning signs of an impending train wreck (long-term):
- the mission of “re$ults” takes precedence over the mission of transportation.
- leaders are appointed, in the interest of making more money, more efficiently:
- more and more and more and MORE…
- faster and faster...
- quantity over quality is emphasized, in hiring/firing/regulation/etc.
- outdated systems are not modified, due to co$t (and influence).
- aging machinery/equipment is not upgraded, due to co$t (and influence).
- revenue is targeted to defense: lawyers, lobbyists, and advertising/propaganda.
- low-wage laborers express safety concerns, but are silenced. positions are vacated.
- tangible warning signs and close calls are overlooked
- warning signs of an impending train wreck (short-term):
- the train is running at full steam, and the owners are making $$$$!
- the systems designed to “slow the train down” have been hampered or disabled,
- the engineer values the cargo $hipment, all but ignoring the warning-lights and buzzers,
- a predictable (yet “unexpected”) emergency occurs.
- we are on that train. we may (or may not) have paid attention to m/any of the warnings.
- it may be y/our government, y/our community, y/our health, or y/our budget.
- we have had many opportunities to change our mode of transportation, but
- hope, trust (and even laziness?) interfered with taking plausible action.
- we are located near the caboose, with little control -- as the slow-motion crash begins.
- we reach for the seatbelt, but co$t prevented installation.
- we pray for an airbag, but that kind of preventative technology was never even considered.
- we hope that the engineer can save us… but, as feared, he is unqualified, arrogant, and drunk.
what could we have (possibly) done?__________________________
epilogue: upon waking-up from this nightmare (yet re-cognizing its reality), the following options appear to be plausible:
a. this option takes time, work, reflection, communication, collaboration and regulation. due to systems deficiencies, this not a "quick-fix," instant-gratification situation.
b. is it impossible to fix? is it too late?
2. exit the train at the nearest possible stop.
a. and what? get on another train?
3. jump off of the train.
4. watch/observe the wreck, from the inside, as it happens (ooooooh, ahhhhhhhh!!).
is there anyone else out there that doesn't feel comfortable with these options?