Weekend crowds at beaches and parks showed how easily, how recklessly we blur licence and latitude.
Despite warning after warning, despite ever-more harrowing TV footage from Italy, these wonderful amenities were dangerously overcrowded.
Unnecessary risks were taken by thousands of people who should know better.
There was another example of that dangerous mindset last Sunday when a boy, aged just eight, was savaged by two rottweiler dogs in his family home, in Tallaght, Dublin.
Tragically, the boy died in hospital today.
The law requires that this breed, and 10 others, are kept under tight control and are always muzzled.
This law is, by far, honoured more in its breach rather than its observance.
The authorities have questions to answer about enforcement but the greater onus falls on those who imagine these animals, bred for generations as animal weapons, have any place, any valid reason to be allowed in an suburban, family setting.
How many more lives will be lost before this reality changes our stupidly lax attitude to these animals?