The Governments and the Safety Guardians: a 21st Century Parable

There was a crisis, and Governments wanted to prove they were building houses, office towers and bridges faster. A cry went out, “We have to do something!” Governments around the globe said to themselves, “If we don’t do something, it will look like we’re doing nothing, and we’ll lose the next election.” And so, Governments turned to Big Companies for a solution. Big Companies responded by developing something, that would be known as the New Government Approved Process.

Safety Guardians were praised by Governments around the globe for their hard work and dedication. Respected for their training and experience, their role in society was to pay close attention to new processes used for the construction of houses, office towers and bridges. However, tension soon developed as some Safety Guardians became concerned with the New Government Approved Process.

The concerned Safety Guardians claimed that the New Government Approved Process had been developed and approved too quickly, and that there were cracks appearing in the foundations of houses, office towers and bridges being built with the New Government Approved Process. The opinions expressed by the concerned Safety Guardians was embarrassing for Governments, so Governments lashed out at the concerned Safety Guardians, accusing them of spreading disinformation and ruining economies. Governments told the Safety Guardians that if any of them questioned the New Approved Government Process, they’d lose their jobs. Many of the Safety Guardians fell silent.

Journalists heard that the concerned Safety Guardians believed the New Government Approved Process was unsafe. But, Journalists knew that Governments controlled production grants, tax incentives, and broadcast licences. They were scared they’d lose their jobs, if they didn’t support what Governments said about the New Government Approved Process. Some Journalists, who respected the opinions of all Safety Guardians, questioned the New Government Approved Process, and just like concerned Safety Guardians, they were accused of spreading disinformation and destroying economies.

Governments wanted to make sure the New Approved Government Process wouldn’t be questioned by the public. It wasn’t long before citizens were required to carry cards swearing their support for the New Approved Government Process to eat in restaurants, go to theatres, or let their children play in sports.  

In less than two years Governments had silenced the majority of the Safety Guardians, most Journalists were praising the New Government Approved Process, and many citizens carried cards swearing their support for the New Government Approved Process. Governments boasted that the New Government Approved Process would bring an end to the crisis; houses, office towers and bridges were being built faster that ever. The concerned Safety Guardians, however, knew a serious problem remained unsolved…there were still cracks in the foundations of houses, office towers and bridges.

Copyright © 2021 by J. Paul Cooper

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