An accident is best defined as “an action with unintended consequences.” It most notably involves human activity and, frequently, with injurious consequences.

Accidents have a bad connotation, but they can lead to a good outcome through the process of CHANGE. The accident itself is unplanned, but, if negative, can lead to prevention. On an individual basis the “victim” usually will avoid repetition through prevention. If accident is damaging and of a public nature, the prevention aspect can have a ripple effect, thus preventing a similar tragedy to others.

Virtually, all human accidents can be prevented. As in the recent Alec Baldwin movie-set incident, the prevention antidote is not always initiated nor correctly applied – then the accident is likely to be repeated.

The change factor, even if individual, is usually positive in preventing a repeat occurrence. On a broader, public basis, if the change is of major note (i.e. COVID) then a counter-force can develop which often includes the political element of resistance. It is human to resist change even when it is for the common good.

In conclusion, accidents invariably happen, particularly as our society becomes more complex and functions at an ever-accelerating rate. While accidents are not typically positive, there can be positive fallout. We should always try to learn from the accident and, thus, can grow.

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