NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

Bridge collapse in Minneapolis; the next one might be in Michigan

After hearing about the disastrous bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I recalled something a relative (I'll call him Don) told me several years ago. At that time, Don worked as a sales rep for Hilti, a company that sells fasteners and adhesives. Don said he'd sold umpteen containers of adhesive to the contractor building a huge bridge in Michigan. Without going into all of the engineering details of that botched project, Don said the bridge was literally held together with Hilti adhesive. Perhaps that adhesive lasts indefinitely, but don't count on it. Every similar adhesive that I've seen becomes brittle and markedly weaker in time. So if a major bridge in Michigan collapses without warning, well, you've been warned.

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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