Unintended Consequences of Putting Safety First

In this video, Mike Rowe refers to a piece he wrote called “Safety Third,” which explored the “unintended consequences of a culture that truly elevates safety to an unrealistic place on some hierarchy.” He explains:

Were safety truly “first,” no level of risk would ever be encouraged or permitted, and no work would ever get done. Or play, for that matter.”

Just yesterday, 24,000 people died of starvation. The same will happen tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and the day after that. Over nine million a year die of hunger related illnesses. Why is this not a global emergency? Why doesn’t cable news report these tragic deaths every minute of every day, like they do with this virus (Covid-19)?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been inundated with facts (about Covid), but very little context or perspective. And that lack of context is prompting more and more people to ask the same question I posed here last week – what if the cost of the cure is greater than the cost of the disease? It’s not an unreasonable question, or a heartless one, but people don’t like to hear it.

– Mike Rowe –