Human Statistics, Part 2 by David Wiegn
Do numbers matter when looking at social issues in your community? And if so, why? David Wiegn, a writer from Texas, responds:
However, recently my high school hosted a guest speaker who shared her poignant experience of driving while intoxicated. When she began her account, I certainly felt apprehension towards the felon, but little by little I started to understand the decisions she made and how they resulted in a catastrophe.
When she began her account, I certainly felt apprehension towards her. Then, little by little, I started to understand the decisions she made and how they resulted in catastrophe. Her anecdote helped me realize how a lack of self-control and an abundance of pride can cause a person to choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Without her terrifying yet deeply moving speech, I would never have realized the magnitude of drunk driving or the emotional consequences it entails.
Her personal failure could only be expressed through a genuine personal story, not by some arbitrary statistic.
We as a society spend far too much time emphasizing the need to reach a goal that is defined by a definite number. As a result, we lose the ability to solve problems creatively and effectively. While a statistic can roughly get the message across, only a touching testimonial can stir up real emotions and thoughts.
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