This blog post deals with sensitive, and potentially controversial, issues.
Recently, there have been many disasters. Pick up any newspaper, turn on any news hour, or visit any news website, and likely there is a leading story about some disaster locally, provincially, nationally, or globally. Usually it involves the death of a member of the human race. Sometimes numerous brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers (usually the death count just says “49 humans” – rarely do we read about who each of these 49 individuals are – the quantity of their deaths is more important than each of their lives).
There is a very recent Canadian example of a disaster. The recent Lac-Megantic, Quebec train crash that demolished the downtown of this small community and killed numerous shop owners, bar patrons, and other visitors and residents. Just recently, there was a mass memorial for the large number of victims, and the victims’ families and friends (CBC.ca news article). Even the Prime Minister of Canada and Governor General will be in attendance.
Another example, is the vehicle crash in Saskatchewan that resulted in the deaths of six (6) teenagers aged 13-17 years old (Globe and Mail). 6 individuals who never had the opportunity to vote, purchase alcohol or cigarettes (at least legally). 6 families who will never understand. And 1, the truck driver who survived the accident – every day gets to look in the mirror and be reminded of the horror (whether he/she is responsible or not for the accident).
There is a common theme in most of these stories. Man has played a part in another individual’s early departure from Earth. This is the case in most of these tragic events that affect so many people.
The train crash had a large human error component.
The car crash had a large human error component.
I’m not just speaking about those directly involved in these events. For example, we still do not fully understand human driving behaviour yet we continually develop faster speed zones and more powerful cars. The need for speed. Engineers can approve poorly designed roads. This is rarely reported.
We allow trains through our towns carrying very dangerous chemicals yet don’t make it essential for rail companies to have the best inspection requirements in the world. This is policy makers doing. This is a decision made by humans.
There are other man made disasters that rarely touch on the human component when reported in the news. The world relies on honey bees for the growing of our food. Yet no one blames humans for the bees quick death of large populations of these essential animals. The bees are dieing because humans need more powerful and faster cell phones. This interferes with the bees’ ability to navigate. Man is killing off a very important ingredient in our food yet this isn’t reported by the news.
Next time there is a disaster, definitely grieve for those lost, injured, and impacted. The loss of any life, regardless of their occupation, age, gender, nationality, religion, belief, etc is a travesty. Also, think about how humans have played a role.
Perhaps it was a decision made too quickly by government when approving a new policy/law that was completely or accurately researched. Maybe an organisation is a poorly designed policy that leads to a argument. The list and possibilities are endless.
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