Are we addicted to safety?
Excessive need of safety and a need to control all possible dangers has made some Europeans, especially the young and old, increasingly frightened. Sometimes so afraid they are unable to lead a worthwhile life.
It’s a result of governments cushioning their citizens from conception to death in order to control the people. But the irony is that these governments have become scared as well and are hence forbidding anything that could possibly pose a remote danger for a small fraction of the population. As a result both the public and the authorities are increasingly unable to handle a crisis and get paralyzed when “danger” strikes.
Protected from conception to death
Many Europeans live in a padded world and expect perfect safety. Anything that could possibly pose a danger is swiftly outlawed. It’s illegal for children under 15 to cycle without a helmet and many of the toys we played with as children are forbidden since they may be dangerous.
When it comes to old age life should be saved at all costs in the safe world. Sincerely what’s the point of keeping a 90-year-old who had a severe heart attack that ruined half the brain alive? Maybe the chance is one in a million that he will suddenly wake up from his coma to find all his loved ones dead and gone. It’s crazy to keep life away from danger, no matter what. And what kind of life? But to let someone like that pass away would, from the authorities point of view, be dangerous. To whom?
When it comes to safety on the roads the Swedish governmental authority in charge is aiming for no deaths in traffic. I’m sorry but the only way of achieving that is to stop traffic on the streets completely. Not only cars but cycles, pedestrians and anything else as well.
Off course we all want the world to be safe. But it can go too far as it seems to me it has done in some European countries, notably Sweden. The European Union and governments are forbidding one thing after another and if they don’t stop we will not be able to do anything because it could, after all, be dangerous, even though there are no evidence supporting such claims.
Do we really need to ban everything that could possibly be dangerous?
Zillions of chemicals have been banned by the European Union without any evidence proving they are dangerous. Usually it’s a case of they may have been harmful to some animal and chances of them posing a threat to human beings are one in 10,000 or 1,000,000. Naturally dangerous substances should be banned. But do we really have to ban things that have not so far posed any danger to mankind, just because some scientist have shown that they may, possibly have a harmful effect on, say, mice?
How many workplaces in Western Europe are not safe?
Same goes for working environment. How many workplaces in Western Europe are currently not safe? However, to justify their existence government authorities in charge of such issues are now targeting small and irrelevant issues. Companies and hospitals are suddenly told that they will be fined unless they inform employees in writing about what safety precautions to take. Even though they have all been told and are taking the necessary precautions. The only thing this achieves is making companies and hospitals, spend a lot of time dealing with bureaucracy in order to avoid being penalized. Time that could be better spent.
People start relying on the state to take care of everything
Many times this is due to well-meaning efforts but it has over the years also become a tool for governments to control the population. The side effect is that people believe the government will protect them against everything and stop thinking for themselves. Whenever something goes wrong in their lives they hence expect the authorities to sort it out. So addicted to safety are, above all Swedes, that depression and other psychic ailments have increased tremendously. In particular for people born after the 70s.
How did we survive childhood?
Do we really want to live in nanny states that tell us in detail what we can or cannot do? Can’t help wondering how we survived childhood playing with dangerous toys and cycling without helmets? And we were outside doing things all the time without getting into danger. And so were older people.
Now with the environment being so sanitized and nothing dangerous around Swedes should presumably be healthier? But no, severe allergies such as asthma has increased 35-40%. Higher than in Southern Poland with all their pollution.
People have stopped thinking for themselves
But what scares me most is that people have stopped thinking for themselves and just rely on the state to tell them what to do. Teenagers get panic attacks because of their girlfriend leaving them is common. They then get depressed, can’t work/go to school and expect the state to provide counselling and cradle them back to safety.
There is no such thing as safety. The only thing that’s certain in life is that everything is uncertain. Understand completely that it’s in the interest of politicians to get power and control the people by making them dependant on them. But the result is people who cannot judge what’s dangerous, handle a problem and move on. If we don’t want a future society filled of people who have to be taken care of it’s time for governments and the European Union to step back and let people use their judgement about what’s safe and what’s not. Let children fall when they are cycling and play with whatever toys they want. We could handle it, why should today’s children be different?
Photo: PhotoXpress – Waldemar Boniecki