Heart Attack is Leading Cause of Death
in the United States!
Have you seen the screaming headline? There ensues a breathless report about how we can address this problem. In this country, we can't have heart
attack be the leading cause of death.
So that heart attack will no longer be the leading cause of death, let's see, shall we let all the ax-murderers out?
Let us pretend for a few paragraphs that we have unbridled medical powers at our fingertips. With these powers let us heal all heart disease. Once we abolish heart disease, then no one dies of heart disease. Yay!
But—harken—Something else has taken its place. Now cancer is the leading cause of death. Sneaked right up on us, didn't it?
But we're ready now. Quick, bridle up those medical powers again. (Rebridle them?)
You can see where I'm going with this. Until we extend those mythical unbridled powers to provide eternal life, there will always be a leading cause of death. In a way, this is a pendantCompanion. This is not its primary definition, but a perfectly acceptable one.
Come to think of it, though, if we used only primary definitions, it would be a lot easier to learn vocabulary, wouldn't it? to Percentages Need More R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Think before you use them. And while you use them, and when you read them.
We need to address heart disease (insofar as we can do so), not causes leading nowhere (but maybe out of prison). Writing is easy to do and so easy to see these days. The information it contains is all around us. Of course bad information has impacted you at some point. As a past therapist used to say, how did that make you feel? (And that was the extent of her toolkit.)
Yours is much more commodious, and by now you are aware how critical it is to aim your words well.
After all, what good does it do to mean what you say if you cannot say what you mean?
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