I was thinking about some of the things that do not make sense in today’s world. I could not help but think of that crazy man in Las Vegas who shot all the people at the concert.

I was thinking about some of the things that do not make sense in today’s world. I could not help but think of that crazy man in Las Vegas who shot all the people at the concert.
He did not know any of them. They had done nothing to him. They had not insulted him. They had not fired him from a job. They had not bullied him in school. Still he killed.
Thinking about things such as this can be depressing, so as I walked along I tried to think of things that have changed in my lifetime–things that make sense.
For example, moving the scratcher from the front to the back of a pack of book matches makes sense. If the matches are scratched away from the open book, they are less likely to burst into flames.
It makes sense to buckle up seat belts in a car. If you read the statistics of deaths in accidents, not wearing a seatbelt dramatically raises the chance of a person getting killed in an accident. Seat belts usually keep a person in a car that crashes. Being thrown out on the ground is often fatal.
I personally do not like laws telling me what to do, but the seat belt law makes sense.
Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle makes sense. Most serious injuries in motorcycle accidents are to the head. Helmets help prevent serious injuries.
If a person wants to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and gets seriously hurt, he should not expect the rest of us to pay his health care forever. Maybe those who wish to ride without helmets should sign a disclaimer saying they will never ask for public assistance after an accident. Then it is all their business.
It makes sense that tire makers now produce tires that can run for forty or fifty thousand miles. I recall when my 1951 Ford tires would only last about ten thousand miles.
It makes sense for kids to ride to school on a school bus. It is convenient, it keeps those extra cars off the streets, and there is no waiting in long lines after school to pick up the kids.
It makes sense to get vaccinated against diseases that once killed people. Even flu vaccines give a person a better chance to survive the flu bug each year.
It makes sense to save some money for unexpected disasters. Unexpected disasters happen to everyone once in a while. Although none of us like to pay the premiums, it also makes sense to have insurance to cover disasters.
It also makes sense to do most of the things our mothers told us to do such as: don’t talk with your mouth full of food, don’t cross your eyes on purpose, don’t stare at strangers, be polite, don’t steal, etc.
Take a walk, watch for pedestrians, use those signal lights, try to make sense out of this crazy world, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.     
 
 
 
 Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.