Complacency Kills

There have been a few deaths recently of people who have been electrocuted because they have been charging their mobile/cell phones whilst using them in the bath.

This sounds a ridiculously stupid way to die. Some people see this as a slimming down of the ‘gene pool’, or an easily avoided tragic death of a stupid person. But I think that’s quite harsh because:

1. If ‘stupidity’ on its own was fatal, there would be a lot more deaths in the World.

2. There would be no need to have printed on a box of tooth picks the instructions ‘Insert one toothpick at a time into gum and ‘work’ obstruction free (obstructions include a piece of meat, popcorn or your girlfriends braces’) – Yes, I have added the last bit.

But you get the idea.

I think the problem here is not stupidity, but because people are so used to electricity being all around them, that it has lulled them into a false sense of security.

A lot of people use their mobile/cell phones in the bathroom while they’re on the loo (you know who you are) – they also use them in the bath. Once the fear of using it in the bath is lost, the next step is people using them in the bath, even whilst they are charging. They use phone chargers which have frayed wires that even show the copper wiring through the insulation because the danger of doing this has been lost and they have become complacent to their own safety.

So I think it’s actually complacency that kills them, not stupidity.


Picture from Pixabay


(c) Kate McClelland

21 thoughts on “Complacency Kills

  1. The world is full of stupid people Kate. Consider the fact that the Americans recently voted in a character from Loony Tunes as their latest president. Therefore it should come as no surprise whatsoever to find that today’s phone obsessed generation charge their Iphones while in the bath. The phrases ‘thick as a brick’, or ‘five short of a six pack’, seem appropriate when talking about them, don’t you think? 😉 x

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      1. I always think stoopid is as stoopid does sure enough…… Up here in Dundee we tend to say stupit. Like are you stupit or something? I confess to quite liking the word stupit, cos it kind of sounds like a cross between stupid and idiot and very kind of sneery too.

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  2. I have never taken a phone into the bathroom, or anything electrical, for that matter. Then again, I am quite old, and err on the side of caution these days. But I did drive without seatbelts until it became mandatory, and also smoked cigarettes for forty years. Stupidity means different things to different people, obviously.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Since a lack of good sense or judgment (stupidity) informs complacency, perhaps it’s a marriage of the two that kills such unthinking people? I’m so grateful I’m not addicted to my cell phone! 🙂

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  4. Well, if you want to get technical, death by complacency would certainly count as stupidity. We might say that complacency is the cause and stupidity is the effect.

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