Do a search across the risk and safety sector regardless of school of thought (https://safetyrisk.net/download-page/download-info/risk-and-safety-schools-of-thought-docx/) and search for language about compassion, helping, qual (qualitativeness) and wisdom. What do you find? Where do you find it? Then do a search for language of engineering, performance, measurement, quanta (quantitativeness) and systems (regardless of schools of thought), what do you find? Where do you find it? The fixation and obsession with systems is mind blowing. Then do a search through the discourse on systems and investigate whether the language is about open and/or closed systems. What do you find?
Similarly, do a language search through the same safety schools of thought and see what you find on: ethics, moral conversation, the unconscious, personhood, trust and faith. What do you find? Where do you find it? If you do find such discussion where is power situated in the discourse – in the person or the system/administrator of the system?
The relationship of power as a locus of control is the real dynamic that helps identify whether a school of thought is humanizing or dehumanizing.
I have been reading and researching Buddhist ethics for over 30 years and this will be a part of the International workshop in the first week of February 2020 on Transdisciplinarity and An Ethic of Risk (https://spor.com.au/home/one-week-intensive-2-modules-february-and-august-2020/).
A Buddhist ethic is profoundly situated and not based on anything like a Kantian or Hegelian propositional logic defined in precepts and principles of moral identity and action. In Buddhism, ethical ‘being’ is discovered through ‘wu-wei’ or what some call ‘crazy wisdom’ (Varela). Wu-wei defines a state of being by ‘not-doing’, a disposition that situates ethics in ‘bodhisattva’. Both Bodhisvatta and ‘Wu-wei’ lack equivalents in western ethical philosophy but are reflected in the ideas of Buber’s i-thou or Kierkegaard’s notion of faith. One cannot understand Wu-wei or Bodhisvatta rationally, scientifically or logically.
A Buddhist ethic doesn’t seek an ethic in abstract or objective terms as in western ethics. Nor does a Buddhist ethic seek a rationalist deductive rule-centric way of being. A Buddhist ethic has a focus on ‘knowing-how’ not ‘knowing what’ as in western ethics. A Buddhist ethic is discovered in community as a ‘know-how unconsciousness’ (Bodhisvatta). One doesn’t have to ‘try’ to be ethical in Wu-wei because it is embodied in a ‘way of being’ that is compassion.
How strange in an industry that professes to be about people being safe as a moral imperative, well being and health that you won’t find discussion of the notion of an ethic anywhere.