No More Accidents!

[off the cuff by  ~burning woman~ ]

(Sorry, the following just popped up as I was reading a new novel. Had to dump it before I could continue…)

I believe we can salvage our civilization if we decide to ban accidents. That’s a good way to start here. This is after all a tricky subject which would go down better with ginger ale and popcorn but this is a working session: no ginger ale and no popcorn, so sorry.

Let’s just say that Elan Mastai is correct, that everything born, everything invented, also bears its accident; invents its accidents. For example (says Elan) if you invent the car, you also invent the car accident. A plane, and you invent the plane crash. You see, it’s all quite not just logical, but simple. Who could argue that without the car it would be impossible to have a car accident? Who could argue that since the inception of the automobile there have been a lot of car accidents? See the relationships? Not rocket science, right?

The argument followed by Elan is simple enough. Before you put something “out there” for people or nature to make use of, if you are a conscientious person, you will calculate the number and effects of accidents your invention is going to invent or create. Before you decide to have a child you will certainly determine how many, and to what extent that child will have accidents or create accidents. If you can’t (or won’t) what does that say about your degree of responsibility to the polis? Proper checks and balances, folks. Don’t just throw something out there with the potential to harm itself and others.

Only if you take total responsibility can you expect to bring forth a properly functioning civilization. I expect I’ve gone beyond the point made by Elan (I cannot say since I’ve only just begun reading “All our Wrong Todays” which promises to be a fascinating read – it better be I have the attention span of a meteor when reading fiction, sort of like my love affairs, but that’s from another bed).

Oh yes, Elan Mastai is real, in this time line, that is. He did write “All our Wrong Todays” and it was indeed published recently, as recently as 2016. His first novel and it is about time travel, my favourite, well, almost. He’s a Canadian screen writer and novelist and lives practically next door to me, in Vancouver. Not convinced? Here’s one link: Website http://www.elanmastai.com

OK, I used Elan’s springboard but this isn’t a promo for Elan, well, it is but it isn’t if you know what I mean. If you don’t, just skip this part and come back to it later. Nobody but your smart phone, iPad and smart TV will know but they’ll only report you as far as GoodReads, Google and Amazon and of course the NSA so your privacy is totally guaranteed. Read the fine print.

Now then, to a properly designed civilization. I can’t go into all the ramifications of our philosophers, scientists, bankers, preachers, politicians, engineers, designers and makers of stuff like money and incense, including, of course, makers of babies, in throwing civilization in our faces without taking the time to define and calculate its load of accidents and then to correlate how all those accidents intersecting each other will affect the whole civilized fabric. I mean, woah! This is insane!

You do see how irresponsible these people have been, and continue to be, don’t you? Think. If there were no people, would there be crime? Would there be wars? Obviously defective people cause these mega problems and that’s like big. Should be obvious to the most obtuse. How can we procreate people who cause accidents without calculating the effects? Totally not cool. All these people, thinking things, saying things, doing things and none of them thinking about the particular effects? Particularly the creation of accidents?

By the way, let’s make sure we understand that “doing stupid things” is in the same category as accidents.

So we need to get serious. Engender only babies that will not have, or cause, accidents. Surely that’s totally doable otherwise we’re no better than gnats. Already you can see a huge improvement in our civilization in only a couple of generations. Only invent things that do not also invent their allotment of accidents. From accident prone, we move to accident-proof.

Remove the allotment, put up a big sign in at least 6500 languages stating that accidents are no longer allowed on planet earth. Pass a law. Do something! Make us proud of our civilization… for once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 thoughts on “No More Accidents!

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      No, no, no, that won’t work. Not allowed under the new rules; can’t have an accident by accident because the source accident isn’t allowed, which means no additional accidents. Sorry you accident prone but no more visits to the emergency, no matter how much you like that cool triage nurse. You’ll just have to arrange to meet her or him (!) at Starbucks.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
      1. Sha'Tara Post author

        Hey, sorry to hear that. It’s a potpourri out here on WordPress. My blog can get, well, intense you know? If I depress you, just unsubscribe, it’s that easy. Maybe try connecting with other blogs instead? If you enjoy writing, there’s something here for you, certainly. The best to you, and you take care!

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks, I never realized how close that comes to the “potential criminal” police and on to eugenics… From satirical joking to serious, again. “It’s a strange, strange world we live in…”

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
  1. Lisa R. Palmer

    Sha’Tara, this is what I would affectionately call “out there”, and I celebrate your courageous exploration of this potentially fateful topic. I’m sure in your own mind, and in the context of the book you’re reading, it makes perfect sense.

    But in my little bubble of conscious space-time, I’m thinking, “WTF??” lol…

    That being said… *placing tongue firmly in cheek”

    I’m sure the accidents you wish to restrict will be lucrative fodder for statisticians everywhere, as they are precisely the kind of prey they are trained to wrangle and hunt. But statistics, sadly, often bear little resemblance to the world we live in, and can be manipulated to convey almost any message we wish to communicate.

    Accidents, by their very definition, cannot be planned; any attempt to do so renders them non-accidental, therefore terminating their existence.

    So perhaps that is the only real solution here. Act with intention, always, and “accidents” cannot occur. Problem solved.

    Except for the fact that “bad” things will continue to happen, albeit it with more consciousness and self-responsibility. So long as they are not accidents, right…?

    ;D

    Like

    Reply
    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      You hit the nail on the head with that comment. Indeed, what are accidents? Irresponsibility and carelessness. The “Teachers” taught me to ponder the concept of accidents with a lesson: there is no such thing as an accident. It’s a cheap way out for people who refuse to take responsibility for themselves and life in general. If it is preventable in any way at all, then it cannot be classed as an accident. Bravo, Lisa, for getting it! Unpreventable bad haps, well that’s something else. Used to be called “Acts of God” but it gave God a bad rap on one side, and made ‘God’ a legitimate entity on the side that vehemently denied any existence of God. Will driverless vehicles cause accidents? If they do, then what? Faulty programming? Will AI’s operate accident free?

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
      1. Lisa R. Palmer

        Excellent questions, beyond my ability to answer quickly. For we are delving into the realm of ethics, and it is built from fog to color a world in shades of grey, where no absolutes can exist…

        Like

  2. stolzyblog

    I began having this thought, albeit in a slightly different framing, maybe 30-35 years ago. And refined it over time. It is absolutely correct. The ‘spiritual’ aspect of any need deed, or innovative act (even non-acts) always includes it unforseen (through laziness mostly) social impacts further down the road. It goes deep. For example, with automobiles, we can not merely point to the occasional car accident, but many other ramifications: pollution, gridlock within all cities and many suburbs, suburban mall sprawl, alienation from the environment and also from walking, etc.

    This is the deeper hidden downside of the age of reason/rational revolution. Because the intellectual fashion since the 17th century, in the west and now spread everywhere, subtly excludes anything subjective in artificial favor of just the 3rd-person objective facts. Also, goes without saying almost, the corporate strangle grip upon worklife in general yields even less space for individual conscience to the independent single working member of it’s collective. That’s the odd thing about conscience: it can only proceed from individuals, not groups, especially not large faceless groups which hold the power of money over its populace. And it would definitely require a resurgence of conscience — built into all corporate and technical and scientific and legal methodology — to address the “accident” issue. At present, no one, only ineffective dreamers, have the inclination to care about such forward-looking matters. good post.

    Like

    Reply
    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you Robert for taking a ‘humorous’ post and seeing the hidden seriousness in it. Quote: “That’s the odd thing about conscience: it can only proceed from individuals, not groups, especially not large faceless groups which hold the power of money over its populace. And it would definitely require a resurgence of conscience — built into all corporate and technical and scientific and legal methodology — to address the “accident” issue. At present, no one, only ineffective dreamers, have the inclination to care about such forward-looking matters. good post.”

      I think and observation backs this up, that conscience is innate and specific to a human being. It’s what makes us different. Individuals lose their conscience when they engage “faith” in something or other and forgo the thinking process, as in, ‘my country right or wrong’ or ‘God wills it’.  There is little doubt that we are way past the stage where we, as individuals, need to take responsibility for literally everything. I’m not saying we can direct the course of natural or collectively-determined events but that we take responsibility for our part in such events and either withdraw (as in satyagraha) or step deeper into such as we see true benefits accruing to others. It’s high time we learned to say, and mean, “I’m a human being; I’m not a piece of a machine over which I have no control.”

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
      1. Sha'Tara Post author

         Happens regularly when speed reading – parts get missed and misunderstood. Comments are written based on what one saw rather than the theme. Almost unavoidable but it can have unexpected positive consequences. Such as your comment: give meaning to an essentially meaningless piece of entertainment. Thank you.

        Like

  3. kertsen

    Without accidents we could not live. In the UK we had the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and in 1992 the concept of risk assessment was introduced, now it is the bane of every employer but they have had to take it on the chin because it is the law.
    If we all lay in bed 24/7 there would be temporary lull but civilisation would soon halt , perhaps a better suggestion would be to ban dangerous sports like skiing , motor car and motor bike racing , hang gliding and rugby along with football. All alcohol production could be stopped and no more smoking , or over eating which is causing an epidemic of diabetes.
    There have been suggestions in the UK that people who risk injury on holiday should pay their own hospital bills and not be paid for absence from work. The concept being if you don’t look after yourself don’t expect others to look after you. So remember lights out at ten tonight and get your correct quota of sleep.

    Like

    Reply
    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      I agree that people who want to do stupid stuff and won’t look after themselves should not be looked after by the rest of society. That includes all royals and their parasitic ways.

      Like

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.