No theory forbids me to say "Ah!" or "Ugh!", but it forbids me the bogus theorization of my "Ah!" and "Ugh!" - the value judgments. - Theodor Julius Geiger (1960)

Safety and Unsafety Philosophy

Redefining “Safety/Unsafety” Through Philosophical Lenses
Safety and unsafety often appear as distinct opposites, yet exploring these terms through the perspectives of philosophers reveals their inherent complexities.
In the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche challenged oversimplified dualities like good and evil. Though Ludwig Wittgenstein didn't directly address binary thinking, his exploration of language's limitations raises questions about our representation of safety and unsafety. Gilles Deleuze proposed exploring interconnections between binary terms like safety and unsafety instead of strict opposition, thereby emphasizing their complexities. Michel Foucault highlighted how binary thinking reinforces power dynamics; he would frame safety as a norm dictated by societal structures.
Finally, Jacques Derrida showed the fluidity in concepts like safety and unsafety; he questioned fixed definitions and encouraged a deeper exploration of their nuances.
Moving Beyond Safety: Risk & Resilience
Today, concepts like Risk & Resilience gain prominence; they expand beyond the traditional idea of 'safety'. Understanding risk in context aids decision-making amid uncertainties. Safety in high-risk environments involves recognizing and managing risks without fears of retaliation. Practical discussions on "working while managing risks in this context" prove more valuable than abstract talks on safety culture.
While focusing on one risk, we can overlook others. So, systems need resilience, characterized by robustness, adaptability, and swift recovery from unforeseen events.
By thinking about the complexities and interconnections within “safe” and “unsafe”, we're redefining these concepts beyond binary oppositions. Risk and resilience help navigate uncertainties in diverse environments.