A ham-fisted ban of backyard pools won't solve the issue of childhood drownings.
A ham-fisted ban of backyard pools won't solve the issue of childhood drownings. Tracey Joynson

Shallow end of the gene pool is depressing

OPINION: We live in a society today that bears no personal responsibility, that is too easily offended and thin-skinned for any real discussion.

After all, if you can't win on the merit of your argument, you can always resort to petty bullying and name-calling, usually behind the protection of some inane nom de plume.

I read, in one of the Chronicle's sister papers, the suggestion that backyard pools should be banned because they put children's lives at risk.

This one article brought down my mood for the rest of the day.

It confirmed my belief that the human race is distancing itself further and further from any sense of responsibility or accountability.

I would never seek to blame anyone who has lost their child to a backyard drowning, because I'm sure they have their own personal demons about what they would have done differently.

But do I think a ham-fisted ban across the board will solve the issue of childhood drownings? Not at all.

Teaching your child how to swim before it can even walk might though.

Then we get the offended and thin-skinned people among us who cannot have a civilised discussion about the idea of banning backyard swimming pools, which, as I have already said, I also don't agree with.

"Maybe just lock up all the stupid people," read one of the comments.

"Some people should be banned from breeding," brayed another comment.

Is it only me who gets depressed by all this?

Do we really think people who lose children in tragic circumstances are "stupid" or shouldn't "breed"?

I personally think the answer might be to simply stop reading.



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