How Can the Ideology of Zero be Ethical?

How Can the Ideology of Zero be Ethical?

imageOne of the strangest justifications for zero ideology is that there is no other ethical goal. The only way such thinking can make sense is if one accepts the binary assumptions of the zero black and white mindset. The either-or mindset justifies a discourse in adversarialism which is unethical.

An ‘ethic’ is essentially a moral system. The etymology of the word ‘ethic’ is from the Greek ethos meaning customs, culture, habits and mores of people. The focus of an ethic is how to live rightly for the good of others and society. Whilst this should sit well with Safety it does not. As we see from the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017 Accord the focus on objects, science, systems and engineering draws the risk industry into internal conflict. On one hand Safety wants to avoid policing (https://safetyrisk.net/safety-as-policing/) and on the other drive does everything in its discourse and language to an enforcement culture through numerics and the mechanics of objects.

An ethic of safety can only be holistic if it takes into consideration the focus of an ethic itself, fallible humans. How can it be ethical to speak a language of absolutes to fallible people? What kind of moral system will one create when the discourse of zero frames Safety as an absolute yet the systems, organizing and subjects of the system are all fallible?

Absolute language and discourse can only drive the vice of brutalism. You can’t say on one hand that you care for someone then on the other preach intolerance as a moral virtue? How can one seek a learning organization when the language and discourse of zero prohibits movement, mistakes, trial and error, change and learning?

For a snapshot of the problem see the attached paper:  How-can-the-ideology-of-zero-be-ethical_.pdf (49 downloads)

Dr Rob Long

Dr Rob Long

Expert in Social Psychology, Principal & Trainer at Human Dymensions
Dr Rob Long
PhD., MEd., MOH., BEd., BTh., Dip T., Dip Min., Cert IV TAA, MRMIA Rob is the founder of Human Dymensions and has extensive experience, qualifications and expertise across a range of sectors including government, education, corporate, industry and community sectors over 30 years. Rob has worked at all levels of the education and training sector including serving on various post graduate executive, post graduate supervision, post graduate course design and implementation programs.

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