Don’t turn your soft, computer-tapping hands away from the keyboard and pick up a hammer. That seemed to be the message in Sunday’s New York Times. Self-reliance is dangerous.
This woman made a mistake when replacing a toilet. So, therefore, she should not learn from her mistake and do it right the next time. She could call a plumber instead.
When in doubt, do nothing. Call the authorities.
Then there is this story about a peril for urban gardeners — lead in the soil from the days of leaded gasoline and older paints. The hazard could be real — and the article presents some fixes — but I cannot help thinking that the underlying message is “Don’t even try growing your own food.”
Remember, boys and girls, the government and the official state-approved priests always know what is best for you.