Thought for the Day – 8 June, 2017
My next thought is one that has come to me many times through my life. I’d have expected not to need it any more, after all this time. But still I get caught out. I’m trying to get something done and I’m not coming right. Then I try and try and it’s still not coming right. At this point, if I’m lucky, the thought pops into my mind:
“Idiocy is defined as carrying on doing all the same things and expecting a different result!”
Then I’m saved. I realize that I have to look at the thing I’m trying to get right, from a different perspective. And I have to work out a different approach to completing it.
And this is not just something that applies to me. It applies to everyone.
Here’s an example. Before the Crimean war, medicine and doctors had well developed approaches to the treatment of wounds. Hygiene was largely neglected. During that war Florence Nightingale and her team of Nurses, introduced many innovations related to hygiene that are not questioned today. It is a true statistic that TEN TIMES MORE of the wounded were dying of diseases like cholera, typhoid, typhus and dysentery than from their wounds. This was due to overcrowding, defective sewers and a lack of ventilation as well as poor disciplines relating to personal hygiene and unsterilized instruments. As a result of measures introduced from 1854 to the end of the war, many lives were saved. In 1865 Joseph Lister used phenol as an anti-septic in surgery for the first time. He pioneered anti-septic surgery and pushed the idea of sterile surgery. Using these new techniques, deaths from post-operative infections were reduced from 50% to 15% of cases. Only two years later did these techniques become common practice.
Just imagine where we would be today, if these pioneers had just carried on doing the same things over and over again.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?