Originally posted on January 21, 2021 @ 6:44 PM
You Can’t Believe in Zero and Learning at The Same Time
The next instalment from this rubbish IOSH magazine is an article on learning . Yes, you guessed it, from the same magazine that proudly parades the gobbledygook nonsense (https://safetyrisk.net/zero-vision-creates-mindless-gobbledygook/) of the zero cult. Well you can’t have you cake and eat it too.
You can’t parade an article about learning and at the same time extol the vices of the zero cult. If you believe in zero then you can’t believe in learning. The foundation of all learning is risk and the foundation of zero is the reduction of all risk. Yes, from the same magazine that wants to indoctrinate the Education profession with its own cult .
Isn’t it funny how a qualification in safety makes one an expert in everything: learning, education, social work, law, nursing and epidemiology. Sorry to inform Safety but real living where fallible people engage in life and movement is what makes for professional and ethical conduct. The worshiping of a number does not.
No-one who believes in zero can be professional. The denial of fallibility is anti-professional.
So now lets turn to learning. The crazy thing about this article is that it doesn’t discuss learning. This is an article about IOSH training, stress and CDP.
If Safety wants to know about learning and education then it should start by embracing a transdisciplinary approach (https://safetyrisk.net/transdisciplinary-safety/ ). Goodness me, maybe safety might learn something by listening to experts from different discipline?
So when it comes to work and learning, it might be nice to know what learning is. All learning comes from movement. There can be no learning without movement and any movement threatens the ideology of zero. If you move in this world you will be harmed. The only way to achieve the absolute of zero is with total stasis (https://safetyrisk.net/the-stress-of-stasis/ ).
What this article should really be discussing is the anxieties (https://safetyrisk.net/measurement-anxiety-in-safety/) and mental health disorders associated with the ideology of zero. The problem is not the pressures of work but for safety denying the very fallibility of being human and creating a delusional world on the basis of zero ideology. If you want to be stressed off your face at work, just follow the zero cult. Then you will spend every ounce of energy chasing the unattainable and punishing everyone for making choices to harm.
The pursuit of the zero cult is the pursuit of distress. It’s easy, set an unattainable goal and then publish every time you don’t achieve it. Now there’s a definition of dumb.