Hindsight can be exasperating, always second guessing what preceded, generating regret and compounding disappointment. That's when someone might say, “hindsight sucks.” However, hindsight can also be instructive. It can provide the opportunity to review prior steps and actions with a view to changing current and future attitudes, practices and procedures.
A couple of readers have recently questioned why Paul and Zabeth would place a new baby on the floor when there are two small boys moving around. Their statement posed as a question went beyond pointing to the recklessness of the action to suggesting it was lame explanation for a child's injury and therefore likely untrue. A couple of respondents have written to say it is not uncommon in their homes to lay an infant on the floor, thereby dismissing the notion that this was remarkably rattlebrained. But here is my point today. If Paul and Zabeth view the past two and one half years through the lens of hindsight, I am sure they will find that “Hindsight explains the injury that foresight would have prevented.” If they were faced with the same situation today but with the knowledge of probabilities, they would not choose to place their infant daughter on the floor in the same place at the same time.
Hindsight is virtually synonymous with the history of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. If the MCFD has not reflected retroactively then official reviews have done it for the Ministry or for the boss, the ruling political party, and arrived at scores of recommendations for improvements to the way the Ministry operates. An Irish blessing contains the wisdom that suits the Ministry I think. “May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.” In case it has not occurred to enough people yet, I am saying publicly that the Ministry has gone too far with respect to their treatment of the Bayne children.
Case in Point: In the comment section of my post entitled "Changed My Mind" dated Saturday May 29, 2010 I answered a query by an Anonymous writer concerning Glutaric Aciduria and a reference was made to celiac disease evidence in both sides of the family, Paul's and Zabeth's. Anonymous replied saying that all three children had been tested for celiac and the results were negative. This statement was news to Paul and Zabeth, who are constantly finding things out about their children, after the fact and having to ask for disclosure that should be automatic to the parents of these children. Read the exchange. And then think about this kind of treatment.