When to say no
|Galaxy SOHO by Zaha Hadid|
Image courtesy of 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia
I don't pretend to agree with everything in this article (in fact, most of my concerns were articulated nicely in a comment posted by Lewis2522 on 6/4/2014 11:29 PM CDT) but the questions it raises are ones you don't hear often enough.
And, they are COMPLEX questions, perhaps without satisfyingly clean answers. But the questions are important to pose.
Regardless of what field you are in (or will be in), it is important for all of us to review the ethics of our business choices, for our own souls as much as for the rest of the world.
|Bullwinkle platform being towed out to sea|
past Port Aransas, Texas
Image courtesy of Jay Phagan via Flickr
In a "free" country like ours, you might say it was advisable to get different work. The whole time I was growing up in the South, the economy struggled along, and there were not a whole lot of career choices for the majority of blue collar folk. Most breadwinners chose between fishing (you eat like a king but have little money) or working offshore and making good money as long as they were strong enough to do it.
We're Better than Them?
|"Laborer with Fall Protection - San Francisco, California"|
Greg Younger, via Flickr
An architect friend of mine, when working in Venezuela several years ago, lamented the high number of workers who had died constructing her last building. She was sad about it, but felt that it was entirely out of her control... that's just the way things work.
*rates are different for each job: construction comes in third by industry in the U.S.
Where Do you Draw the Line?
|"Construction workers eat their lunches atop a steel|
beam 800 feet above ground, at the building site
of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center."
Image courtesy of daily sunny via Flickr
Accidents happen, and they are terrible when they do. Where is the line that you draw between
- taking no action, &
- taking part in activities that might possibly hurt someone else?