Friday, October 26, 2007

Band Aids

Cathy Collins used the analogy of people noticing other people in the river and helping them out, but never looking at what caused the people upstream to end up in the river, so that there is a never ending flood of people in the river needing to be rescued.

I call this type of rescue, band-aid policy--because it does not solve the problem, it might make the people doing it feel better, it might make the problem look better, it might cure a symptom, it might even help some people. These are one point in time rescues. The underlying root of the problem still exists.


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