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Back in the 90’s a California research firm considered the advertising slogan for a popular soap that was 99.4% pure. And they asked themselves the question: “What if everything in the world operated at 99% efficiency?” They discovered:

Drinking water would be unsafe one hour out of each month.

Two planes would crash land EACH DAY at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Five hundred surgeries would be botched each week.

20,000 prescriptions would be improperly filled each year.

I wouldn’t want to drink that water. I wouldn’t want to fly on those planes. And I wouldn’t want to have those pharmacists and surgeons anywhere near me or my family.

99% efficiency is NOT acceptable in these matters, because missing these things by just “that much” (just 1%) can many times be deadly.

(From a sermon by Jeff Strite, "Missed It By That Much" 7/20/08)

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