because people speak English
Getting ourselves into trouble.
It took me a longer while to convince myself to write this blog. The subject “reflexive pronouns” is in itself a challenge. Before setting myself down to write the blog, I made myself a cup of coffee.
Some time ago I read an article about a young woman who got herself into big trouble trying to smuggle some drugs. She was detained while going through the customs. The custom officers made a nuisance of themselves by asking her a lot of irritating questions. She had trouble in communicating with the custom officers as she could not make herself understood, which in itself was very annoying in that situation. The young officer himself seemed to be embarrassed that he had to do the revision himself in this awkward situation. When the press reporters arrived at the scene, some passerby’s didn’t even bother themselves to stop and gape at the whole affair, yet other rubbernecks pushed themselves up front not only to see better what was going on, but to get themselves into the headlines. When the poor girl found herself in court, it turned out that she didn’t have enough money to get herself a good attorney and had to defend her case herself. The prosecutor demanded a severe punishment for the accused. The judge, being himself a young man, seemed to sympathize with the accused but had no other choice than sentencing the young smuggler to 15 years in prison.
In such situations, I ask myself why do people risk so much by smuggling drugs themselves. Wouldn’t it be much safer to get somebody else to do it instead of doing it yourself? If we don’t care about our own safety ourselves, nobody will do it for us.
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