The question that people are asking is: Who’s to blame? Last week in Quebec, a 52-year-old man was hit and killed by a vehicle outside of Montreal. There seems to be a simple answer there. Obviously, it must have been the man himself or perhaps the driver of the car that hit him.
But nothing is that simple.
Earlier in the evening, the man had been taken to the hospital by the police, who had responded to a call that the man was intoxicated. Shortly after midnight the man checked himself out the hospital and stumbled into the night where the police found him staggering along the road. After speaking with the man, the officers decided to let him make his own way home. 25 minutes later, a motorist called 911 to report that she had just hit something.
Quebec’s independent police watchdog has launched an investigation, but in looking at public opinion, some are blaming the hospital for releasing the man, others blame the police for allowing him to walk home, but very few people blame the driver or the inebriated man.
It’s interesting that nobody is blaming alcohol and maybe that’s because that would lead to too many awkward questions about the view of drinking in our society.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.