Danger and Success

Most of the real policy wonks I know think about a lot of things in addition to government policy. That is certainly true of the three big supporters of this site, Dr. John Salter, John Harr and Art Elphick. Art is a prime example of wide ranging thought as you will see in the Essays section of this web site.

Recently we have been discussing a couple of very interesting topics about two aspects of any individual’s life. Those are first, the dangers individuals run into, frequently without ever realizing they are in danger, and second, preparing for a successful life. This site has previously been concerned with government policies based around a central theme of “the greatest good for the greatest number.”

We are now going to add two new areas, Dangers and Success. These areas will work just like the Policy database that you may already have seen on this website. The real difference is that these new areas will offer suggestions that will be of use to individuals in their own life, rather than as public policy.

Many of the dangers we face today result from rapid changes in society. Driving while using a cell phone and driving under the influence of alcohol are two well known dangers to others, but your likelihood of going to jail for these violations of the law is a danger to you.

I believe that a good education is a valuable element towards a good job in creating a successful life. But how do we define a successful life? There are elements of our work, relations with others, hobbies, and many other areas which may define a successful life. Benjamin Franklin was a pioneer in this kind of suggestion with Poor Richard’s Almanack, a yearly almanac he published from 1732 to 1758. Perhaps what we are going to work on here will be an update of his historical work.