Hidden Damage

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Remove the oil from an engine and it can still run for a surprisingly long time. In fact, it may never fail. But usually friction eventually prevails, with catastrophic results.

The engine may show few or no symptoms as the situation worsens, until suddenly it becomes clear something dire is afoot. By then it’s too late. The damage is done. The motor is ruined. This is obviously why we have gauges and warning lights.

Humans and human relationships do too, but they are much more nuanced and difficult to understand. There are false positives and all sorts of complex dynamics that make it difficult to know what to do.

On an engine it is advisable not to wait for lights and gauges. There is a procedure for checking the status of the oil. It requires proactive measures. We humans sometimes ignorantly motor along as if things are okay until the wheels start coming off. Usually by then there is so much damage you may never repair it all.

At that point one has to ask…is it really worth repairing?

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