Swim at Your Own Risk (Take Responsibility)

Posted by freedomforall 3 months ago to Philosophy
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"Swim at Your Own Risk.

These signs were common before the 1990s – which is roughly the era when America began to transition into something fundamentally different, kind of like Bruce.

Whatever its faults, the America that existed before the ‘90s was a place that was still largely in favor of personal responsibility, which requires the exercise of the individual’s judgment, enlightened by the prospect of positive gain – but chastened by consequences for the exercise of poor judgment.

In the case of swimming pools, it was culturally and socially expected that you knew how to swim if you went for one and that if not, you didn’t – in the absence of a lifeguard. If you were dumb enough to go for a swim when you didn’t know how and ended up drowning, that was on you – not the hotel. Or the county where the beach happened to be.

Just as it was on you, if you happened to be a parent, to keep track of your kids. If you didn’t and one fell into an unattended pool, that was due to your irresponsible/negligent parenting – not because the hotel didn’t keep a lifeguard posted or keep the gate locked otherwise.

Other parents weren’t held responsible, either.

Well, what happened?"
SOURCE URL: https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/08/31/swim-at-your-own-risk/


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