Common sense scares Adelaide which actively opposes it
22/01/2017 | By: Sebastian |
Common sense scares Adelaide. It is actively opposed. Debates show that a problem’s solution is opposed while the problem itself is attacked more. Here are a few examples.
Most recently, some debate revolved around bus passenger outrage when a girl with a bike was evicted from a bus. The media then fuelled wider public outrage. We can go to the zoo if we want to see gorillas beating their chest in ignorance. The public should be directing their outrage at why a solution was not thought of years ago like they were in other cities. Some buses have a bike rack on either the front or rear of the bus. Simple solution but too much common sense here. I was criticised a tiny bit by apologists full of excuses in Facebook when I brought up external racks as a common sense potential solution.
The problem thus is that people are scared of common sense so they oppose and attack it. In other words, they focus too much on the problem (the girl and bike being evicted) rather than the cause of the problem that they oppose when someone mentions it (no alternative arrangement or solution). This is why South Australia has not progressed much since the 1970s.
Lazy job seekers
The topic of criticising a minority of lazy job seekers is sort of related to the lack of the pursuit of common sense. A few lazy ones tar all job seekers with the same brush. Some people, who choose not to believe that there is a jobs crisis, then claim that all job seekers are just lazy. They say this because they mistakenly believe that there are plenty of jobs out there and that unemployment should not be a problem. The reality is that there are more than 700,000 officially unemployed and that does not include the hidden unemployed. There are more than 1 million underemployed people across Australia too. However, advertised job vacancies are usually around 170,000 at any given time. There are also some jobs in the hidden jobs market. None of it is enough to cover all of those who want a job. So there are clearly not plenty of jobs out there.
So what do the ignorant do? Criticise job seekers instead of the cause of unemployment and underemployment (the lack of jobs). The latest debate locally in Adelaide revolves around a few employers saying that they cannot find new staff. They are full of excuses for not hiring and say that job seekers expect too much and are lazy. Forget the long list of requirements from employers that want too much, let us all just criticise the unemployed, they think. Why did they not hire the first person to walk through the door with a genuine desire to work regardless of the crummy hours and pay? There is no excuse and they have no right to criticise. Why are we not allowed to criticise them without them being shocked and angered in response? Hypocrites!
Once again, the problem is that people are scared of common sense so they oppose and attack ideas for solutions. Would it not be better to attack the cause of the problem by offering solutions instead of opposing them? Surely that is better than attacking job seekers? This is why South Australia has not progressed much since the 1970s. If one is brave enough to suggest that we focus on creating more jobs in a number of ways then the ignorant criticise that because it is too much common sense.
The problem is not job seekers, it is the cause of unemployment and underemployment, which is the lack of jobs. If there were more jobs and less unemployment then we would not care so much about a few job seekers being lazy. We would laugh at whinging employers and their excuses for not hiring genuine job seekers.
Flawed zoning laws lack common sense
A company wants to build a new petrol station … in a residential zone. The residents lodge complaints because they naturally do not want a disruptive business near them. The public then criticises them on social media instead of criticising the problem, which is the zoning laws.
Disruptive businesses belong in a commercial zone away from housing. So common sense tells us to change the zoning laws. But that is just a bit too much common sense. So the residents are criticised by the ignorant and told to move by these hypocrites. They would not think to criticise the zoning laws.
The problem again is that people are scared of common sense so they oppose and attack it. They focus instead on attacking the problem (residents) rather than the cause (flawed zoning laws). This is why South Australia has not progressed much since the 1970s.
So to conclude, we have seen in recent debates like these that common sense solutions are actively opposed by those who are scared of it. It is not like the sky will fall down if we grow a brain and think more intelligently. We have to grow up eventually or we will remain a backwards backwater where very little happens. Progress is not always a bad thing. It just requires a shift in thinking away from attacking the problem all the time and instead towards attacking the cause. That requires us to stop attacking common sense solutions and stop actively opposing it or nothing will ever change!
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