Risks of Avoiding Risks: In The Latest Edition, Off The Grid News Discusses Problems In A Society Immobilized By Fear of Risk

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Off The Grid News Radio co-hosts Bill Heid and Brian Brawdy discuss the perils of being so afraid of risk that humans lose their compassion, humanity, and finally liberties. They argue that large bureaucracies created to reduce risk result in unwieldy governments that repress freedom.

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Are we humans or are we slaves to some big bureaucracy? That’s the question we all have to ask ourselves at some point. Are you going to take action? If someone falls, are you going to help them up?

In the latest edition of Off The Grid News Radio, co-hosts Bill Heid and Brian Brawdy discuss the incredible fear of risk in the United States today, stating that too much government regulation, coupled with the fear of risk and lawsuits, has caused Americans to lose their way, no longer guided by compassion or humanity.

Heid questions, “Are we humans or are we slaves to some big bureaucracy? That’s the question we all have to ask ourselves at some point. Are you going to take action? If someone falls, are you going to help them up?”

Brawdy and Heid center this discussion around an event recently reported in the LA Times where a woman in a retirement facility fell and stopped breathing and the nurse on the scene refused to perform CPR despite the 911 operator’s urgent warnings that without it the patient would die long before emergency personnel could reach the scene. While Brawdy and Heid respect a “Do Not Resuscitate” request, they adamantly believe that more should have been done for the patient. Either CPR should have been performed until the ambulance crew arrived or even simply holding her hand and allowing her to die with dignity, rather than just crumpled on the floor.

As Heid argued, “The part that concerns me, if you have a “Do Not Resuscitate,” turn the lady over and hold her hand and give her some comfort as she’s dying… Don’t be so callous, even with a “Do Not Resuscitate,” that we just play this cold, dead, clinical game where everyone is a number and is treated in a way that we’ve lost our humanity.”

Heid and Brawdy see that the fear of lawsuits and risks has lead people to lose compassion and do nothing when someone needs aid. Brawdy declares that for compassion to be so totally banished by fear in the medical world is a travesty. “If you’re a nurse,” he says, “and you’re not going to be a nurse when someone falls on the floor and dies, then why are you there?”

Heid concurs, stating, “Your natural response as one human being to another is to say ‘I’m going to help you’ and I hope that never changes, because if it does, we’re doomed. As a culture, as a society, as humans, we’re doomed.”

They extend the consequences of this fear of risk to other areas of life, such as food quality and even military drones. Nothing can be perfectly safe without removing freedom and creating an Orwellian society.

Heid summarizes the discussion efficiently: “Perfect safety and security has a cost and it’s stifling and strangling. You can’t have 100% security.”

To hear the entire broadcast, visit http://www.offthegridnews.com/2013/03/14/how-your-no-risk-world-is-slowly-killing-you-with-brian-brawdy-episode-148/.

Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off The Grid News, an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.

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