Starbuck, the Second Mate in Moby Dick, said "I will not have a man in
my boat who is not afraid of a whale".
The chapter can be found at
Might find it interesting, as it touches on the utility of reasonable
fear. Note that Melville did not write from theory, he spent 18 months
aboard a whaler.
As an old farmboy, I can relate. I can't begin to tell you all the problems
that a fully intact bull can cause. Many city slickers are fascinated by
such things as they have no direct knowledge or experience with "authentic
To paraphrase my grandfather, "Anything on a farm with testicles is big
Thu, Jan 24, 2008, 9:57am (EST-1) email@example.com (Leon)
You have to read part II to believe it. <snip>
Holly bat crap Batman. I read it after I posted that link. I
quite, in part:
"I would never spend my well-earned money for a machine that frightened
me each time I used it."
I've got news for him, I'm scared of all of my power tools, to
varying degrees. Because of that I damn well pay attention when I use
them, so don't have accidents with them. If I were to make a 1/4" deep
cut on the tablesaw in 1" thick wood, I still wouldn't be putting my
hand on top of it, I'd be using a push block and/o push stick. Being
afraid of my tools makes me make sure my fingers aren't going to get in
the whirley parts. Any time a farmer gets hurt by a bull, usually turns
out he wasn't frightened by the bull. That's just what the bull was
waiting for. Personally, the only way I'll get near a bull is either
with it on a plate, or between two buns. Bulls just teetotally scare
the coondog crap out of me.
Hmm, this may go twice. Sorry about that if so.
10 Out Of 10 Terrorists Prefer Hillary For President
- Bumper Sticker
I don't have a problem with a woman president - just not Hillary.
I have not been afraid of my DJ20 jointer, but I do respect it and
keep my hands clear above the spinning blades. I still use the
rubber-based push blocks. I would need more convincing/training
before using gloves as illustrated. I still think the best safety
tool is a clear-thinking brain, and I still have all ten digits after
40+ years of woodworking.
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