Lower tolerance

People working unsafely. People denying that anthropogenic climate change exists or is even a problem. Copyright owners who refuse to sell their wares here and then complain when they are pirated. Teacher unions who refuse to consider measurement and paying for performance.

We have too many firms who are content with systematically exposing workers to fatal risks. When we walk past a building site and observe unsafe acts, should we just walk on by, or should we do something?

Kim Dotcom is getting a pass because the MPAA companies are complaining and sending lawyers, rather than doing something about the root cause. Should we give them any airtime until we can buy content, here in NZ and globally, for reasonable prices and a reasonable length of time after initial release?

We are blessed with a great education system, but is rejecting out of hand any suggested way to manager and improve performance which is taken and adapted from business acceptable? What if it is backed by research?

Tens of thousands of scientists agree there is no debate – should we focus on solving the climate change problems and implications, or continue to debate with the handful who are (often sponsored) deniers? Should we open the debate on Darwin, like it seems parts of the USA have?

Enough. Let’s be less tolerant when the facts and cause deserve it. We don’t have time to be otherwise.

Let’s take photos and report unsafe work practices, fight industries who use lawyers and history rather than reinvention and innovation to protect their turf, and steadfastly steamroll people who cannot accept science consensus or help from outside.

And if you have a cat, an increasing number of people will look at you very strangely if you intend to get another.

The reverse is true. We should embrace organisations and individuals that are genuinely attempting to change. When the MPAA gets it right, when educators are fighting to improve and when people are curious about what to do rather than denying the science, then we should welcome to discourse and interaction.

Published by Lance Wiggs


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