It may cost something our apparent safety
This year I stood at the gates as a project employee of the NS when they closed for 50%, 75% or completely. My job was to inform people about closing the gates and how they could get through the gates, but 8 out of 10 I was asked what time is my train going. This was a fun experience talking to travelers with ns and tourists and answering their questions. Still I was amazed by the gates.
The most common reason for placing and closing the gates is that security at the station within the gates and in trains is increasing. Despite this reason, I wonder if this is the way to make our society safer. Part of the station is now safer, but what about the other part? Isn’t it a societal problem that you don’t tackle with this measure, because scum remains and commits destruction and crimes. Only it has now moved from the closed station to other places in society. This is not to tackle the problem, but to combat the symptoms, something like the effect of medicines.
We could not have spent the money for closing the stations on gates and cameras better to educate society. So tackle the rig. The stations in Germany are still open and, in my experience, relatively safe. Have we not just become a control freak country where we try to control the problem with shutdown and only make it accessible to those who can afford it. In addition, we hang cameras everywhere to ensure that the control measures are not destroyed.
Shouldn’t we move towards a society of trust such as the new economies function on trust basis? To give you a few examples: the exchange economy, the giving economy and the economy on which valuation is done by the recipient afterwards. These economies function well because there is trust between the parties that trade with each other. Shouldn’t we extend this trust further across our society instead of taking control measures? Are you not depriving the perpetrator of the aggression by responding with compassion?
I wonder where we are going as a society with two contradictory movements that now run past each other: the government’s control mechanism and the trust society that is increasingly penetrating the niche from real society. I am for the latter and you?
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