The Delights of the Zero Delusion
These days it seems one can spread any lie and propaganda and people will be sucked in by it. Why would people rather believe a lie? Because it satisfies their underlying need to be in control (https://psyche.co/ideas/beliefs-have-a-social-purpose-does-this-explain-delusions). All fundamentalisms work this way. The same fear of uncertainty that sweeps dictators to power is the same fear that feeds the zero delusion. And the key to propaganda is the continued repetition of a lie so that it becomes the new truth.
The latest post from the champions of Zero at the ISSA have launched another delusional promo (https://ww1.issa.int/proactive-leading-indicators-launch) and a re-hash of the 7 Golden Rules of zero delusion. Every time the spin and propaganda comes out they just take the industry deeper into the wormhole.
Of course you have to package delusion and propaganda in gift wrapping like ‘great success’, ‘remarkable growth’ or ‘everyone is onboard’ but none of this is true. There is no evidence for any ISSA claim. There is no zero, nothing has changed, the emperor has no clothes and the 7 Golden Rules are simply what anyone does in safety (http://visionzero.global/guides ). But hey a golden turd looks good on the outside.
Vision Zero is a propaganda campaign that has been running now for several years hmmm, and has zero been achieved of course not. Vision zero is not a vision. Any mantra that denies the reality of life as fallible can only be a delusion. To be visionary one has to offer something with vision that seeks the best for people and offers hope not wishing, trust not noise and practicality not dreams. There is nothing visionary about setting one’s sights by a number and its outcomes of brutalism and unethical deceit. And of course the AIHS and NSCA are up to their neck in this non-visionary delusion, the binding power of the zero cult.
No-one at a grassroots level believes any of this stuff. Results from the zero survey https://safetyrisk.net/take-the-zero-survey/ demonstrates clearly that no one (97%) in safety believes this zero stuff. Most think that zero is unethical and drives dishonesty, shifting data, underreporting and bullying. There is no more unethical mantra for this industry of policing than zero. But here we are with a few crazies at the top who can’t cope with binary opposition, with no sense of leadership and so the industry ends up with this continued delusion that somehow a number is a vision.
Wouldn’t it be good if the industry has a vision for ‘helping’? Wouldn’t it be great if the industry had a vision for humanizing people? Wouldn’t it be visionary if the industry sought to be caring for people and their wellbeing? Nup, give us propaganda and zero, let’s feed the people golden turds and tell them that it’s good for them.