[A repeat from 10/31/2015] I was walking to the train station with a retired friend. He mentioned that he is taking a course on Lucretius – the Roman poet and philosopher (99 B.C.-55 B.C.). His previous course was on Cicero and the one before that on some unpronounceable Roman chap. My friend went on talking about Lucretius and his publications on the nature of the universe and Epicureanism. Sounded pretty neat. I asked what he was taking next semester and he was not sure. Maybe something on analytics or Euripides. It was then I stuck my chin out. . . . .
I asked my friend if he had ever had a course on first aid. He looked at me – “no.” I asked if he’d ever taken a Heimlich Maneuver, CPR or AED course. I got the same answer. He asked me if I had done so and I recounted briefly the year-long course work I took to become a Civil Defense emergency medical responder at Augustana College (see October 21, 2011) and my AED review (see June 12, 2014). I said that over the years, knowledge of first aid has come in handy. And on a few occasions very handy.
It’s great taking courses on Lucretius and Cicero though my personal bent might involve guitar lessons, drum lessons, bird study or a tutorial on doing card magic. But lemme say this — acquiring knowledge on the subject of first aid (including AED, Heimlich, CPR) may someday prove to be more valuable than reading De Rerum Natura or Iphigenia at Aulis. You never know when some fast-moving southbound emergency will raise its ugly head. And there is no one but you . . . . . .