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- outdated systems are not modified, due to co$t (and influence).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:
- collectively use the only power that we have (purchasing power, personal decisions) to somehow influence the outcome.
- this option takes time, work, reflection, communication, collaboration and regulation. due to systems deficiencies, this not a "quick-fix," instant-gratification situation.
- is it impossible to fix? is it too late?
- exit the train at the nearest possible stop.
- and what? get on another train?
- jump off of the train.
- watch/observe the wreck, from the inside, as it happens (ooooooh, ahhhhhhhh!!).