|Re: OT: Combination Lock for Calculators|
Message #36 Posted by Thomas Okken on 12 Sept 2012, 12:13 a.m.,
in response to message #34 by Nick R
The world's population is rapidly outgrowing the resources to support them.
Losing a few individuals through peanut allergies is not worth worrying about.
That's pretty cold. If all it takes is to print a warning about peanut content on food labels, would you really prefer easily preventable medical emergencies or deaths to happen, when it would cost next to nothing to prevent them?
Western society is getting far too safety conscious nowadays
Speak for yourself. I like the fact that there are people working to make sure that food is safe to eat, bridges are safe to drive across, planes are safe to travel on, medical procedures are way more likely to make me better than make me worse, that buildings tend not to collapse under nominal loads, etcetera. I enjoy living; I don't get a kick out of being in easily avoidable unnecessary danger.
and expecting people to be protected from their stupid actions by legislation.
I take it that "stupid" is the operative word here. So what's the difference between stupidity and ignorance? I'm thinking that there *might* be some inherent quality of stupidity that makes people do potentially lethal things, but there most definitely *is* a quality of ignorance, which can be fixed by providing information -- and this information could be provided by parents, by schools, by government-sponsored public information, or whatever other means.
I prefer to see those who have common sense survive rather than have the government extend the life span of idiots in order that they may propagate more idiots.
Because everyone who ever finds themselves in a position where they need help is an idiot. Right?