IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME
Whether it is an illness from smoking, drinking or other drugs, being a victim of a crime, or getting caught doing something wrong, each one of us thinks, “It won’t happen to me.” Where do we get this idea that things only happen to other people and not us? What makes us think that we are so special?
A police officer once told me that stiffer penalties, or harsher jail terms, do not work because everyone he has arrested always thought that he or she would never get caught, and paid no attention to the penalties or jail terms. Look how stiffer penalties have not stopped crime.
Then it happens. We get a serious illness from the poisons we put into our bodies; we are victims of crimes often because we did not not take precautions; or we get caught at something we thought we would never get caught at. What do we say?
“You always hear about this happening to someone else. You never think that it will happen to you.”