When things go wrong, a common narrative ends up being “we didn’t see the warning signs.” This can apply to an innumerable array of issues – personal, social, environmental, mechanical and so forth. A more accurate rendition of this lamentation would be “we didn’t pay attention to the warning signs.” If your engine is making an unusual knocking noise on occasion, you hear it, but may choose to dismiss it as insignificant. And when that engine experiences a catastrophic failure because it ran low on oil, you realize that the intermittent knocking should have been addressed immediately.

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