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Any comfort to know the assassin of a young relative? After 20 years of the event? (Short story)

“Notre petite Isabel, desole’ de te laisser un tel fardeau. Tu m’ a donne’ plus de bonheur que je n’en ai jamais merite’ ”

Apres ces revelations, j’ai su que le pere, Jean-Paul, etait l’assassin de Janie (17 ans), il y a 20 ans de cela.

C’est un tour de genie de Liane Moriarty dans “Le secret du mari” de condenser une longue letter de Jean-Paul a sa femme Cecilia, une lettre qu’elle ne devait l’ouvrire qu’apres sa mort. On lit la lettre complete 2 chapitres apres.

Apparemment, JeanPaul avait ecrit cette lettre apres la naissance de sa premiere fille Isabel, apres s’etre soule’ (l’excuse traditionelle) et qu’ il avait l’intention de detruire la lettre et l’avait oublier dans une de ces boites a chaussures ou’ il classifiait ses documents.

Jean-Paul avait aussi 17 ans et fou d’amour de Janie. Janie et Jean Paul ont garde’ leur relation secrete de tout le monde, amis et parents. Il a etrangle’Janie apres lui avoir dit qu’elle aimait un autre garson, un peu plus age’.

C’est pour cette raison que la police ne l’a jamais interroge’. Il avait dit a Cecilia: “Si la police m’avait interroge’, j’aurais confesse'”. Pas sure que sa mere Virginia l’aurait encourage’: elle sut que son aine’ Jean-Paul etait l’assassin du chapele’ special autour des mains de Janie.

Jean-Paul ne peut pas encore croire que les quelques secondes de ses larges mains autour du coup de Janie pouvait la faire mourire.

Je suis au tier du bouquin, et les traces d’une condition prealable de sante’ de Janie sont nombreuses: Difficulte’ de respirer, maux dans le dos, tres fragile… et son pere est mort aussi d’une crise cardiaque devastatrice 20 ans apres…

Se plot d’oublier la lettre dans une boite est trop incroyable, meme si c’est convenient pour l’histoire. Non, ca ne tient pas debout.

Si Jean-Paul voulait qu’une persone connaisse la verite’, une sorte de confession pour l’ apres mort condition, il aurait laisse’ la lettre avec son notaire pour l’ouvire apres sa mort et decider a qui relayait le secret.

Un notaire de valeur morale aurait contacte’ le chef de la police pour classer l’affaire et de ne rien dire a la famille de Jean -Paul ou celle de Janie.

An old man in the psych group said: “The assassin is serving a life sentence. And it is still Not a comfort for me

And what if this prisoner would be let free within 20 years? Instead of sorrow and anger, most probably fear will set in?

Personne n’a vraiment interet a connaitre l’assassin apres 30-40 ans de l’affaire. I n’ a pas de recomfort a cette confession tardes: La plupart sont deja’ mort, suite a leur chagrin.

There is no comfort for people who refuse to sustain any period of comfort, as if this is a capital sin, like killing an innocent person, or being perceived a coward in the struggle to survive.

Note: Ce rire meprisant qui decompose le visage, surtout apres avoir affirme’: “J’ aime une autre personne”. Ce rire, qui veut sortir d’une situation trop encombrante, a tue’ beaucoup de jeunes (surtout des filles) et embarasse’ beaucoup de jeunes adolescents pour la vie.

 

April 4, 2005

“What message should the Human Factors profession transmit?”

I have in a previous article, in a short sentence that may have gone unnoticed, mentioned that the main objective of Human Factors Engineering is designing interfaces between complex systems and targeted end users.

Modern days are an accumulation of very complex systems that societies can no longer live without and have to suffer their consequences in health, safety, comfort, risks or fatal accidents.

Modern days rely on communications systems, on health care, on educational, on information, on transportation, on energy, on financial, on tourism, on diplomatic, and even on political systems.  Usually, there are purposes for establishing any system and the money generated could only be the consequences of satisfying human specific demands that a developed standard of living requires, or are encouraged through advertisements, or are initiated by new laws to regulating a society.

Transportation systems, from automobile to trains to airplanes and ships have allowed distances to be accessible to many users for daily business in remote areas from where they reside.  More people are tempted to doing routine business trips to other countries and the trend might increase if entrance visas to foreign countries were to be eliminated.

A transportation system consists of safe routes, safe vehicles, safe maintenance facilities, safety standards, health standards, and efficient human support from ticketing, to baggage claim, to insurance, to inspection, to monitoring and to planning for future expansions.

Modern days rely on power generation and distribution systems, from the kind of energy sources, to the distribution lines, to the demand and supply of energy, to the maintenance facilities and all the safety and health standards and human support interfaces.

This modern world, more than in any previous centuries, is plagued with complex systems that are automated in many portions with no human understanding of how a system functions or can be repaired or be redesigned except a few rare professional experts.

These vast and very costly systems are created, assembled, maintained and run by different specialized personnel who have no serious interconnections among one another.

Every section of any system requires an interface with another section so that the end user can communicate with another section without any obligation to know or understand the details of the other section.

These interfaces have to be designed to be used with minimal skills, knowledge or special training. These interfaces have to be usably friendly and to fit most of the personnel regardless of gender, race, stature or religious affiliations.

These interfaces should have functions and tasks that correlate well with the capabilities of the users. Consumers require easy to use objects, safe objects, error free and accident free objects.

Consumers need to access these complex systems quickly, cheaply, without the requirement for extensive training or intermediate personnel to doing business or making the objects function according to their idiosyncrasies. The Human Factors engineering discipline should be the application of the body of knowledge, information and facts about human abilities, limitations, and characteristics to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable and effective human use; it is expected to direct its research toward practical design purposes and offer data that can be readily applied by engineers from different discipline.

Note:  My initial version attached the word “system” to every service offered in order to exaggerate the trend in our modern world.  The baffled student who was assigned to reading my version was prompted by the whole class, in a rhythmic fashion, sarcastically pronouncing “system” to every word he read.


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