Wait, Mr. Bottomly. Are you tellin' me that all things do not occur/should not be interpreted within a vacuum/same vacuum? Are you tellin' me sometimes judgment must be involved, and we cannot equally apply all things to every person without exception at all times in every place/station? Is that what you're gettin' at?!What is the context? If it is in an instructor/student setting, I think it misses a whole lot.
For example, I'd hope a teacher would "rescue" a student who was being chased by another with a sharp object.
Are we supposed to "support" stupid behavior in shop class?
Yeah, I think that is where I'm gettin'.Is that what you're gettin' at?!
I certainly can agree with that and I apply it to my work every day.You can't change people's bad decisions. That's what I think the post is getting at. You can't be a white knight for people. What you can do is minimize the situations where disaster can occur.
Harm Reduction typically operates on the assumption that people are going to do things that we don't like, but we shouldn't judge them for it and should attempt to minimize the harm they do to themselves. This is the basis for safe injection sites that provide clean needles to addicts, shelters that provide alcohol to the homeless, giving out condoms at schools, etc.
We used to give first offenders 10 years - 3 to serve, balance on probation. (The state wouldn't bother to pick them up if it was less than 3 to serve.) After they got processed by the state, we'd bring them back and re-sentence them to time served, balance 10 years probation. Then we didn't have to re-try them - they got caught again, it was off for the rest of the 10 years (we'd take a plea for the new charges concurrent plus what ever additional probation). But that was many decades ago in the deep, deep, south.Possession with intent to deliver.
Certainly, and by general equity an extension of the principle of roof guards in Deuteronomy 22:8.So harm reduction is seen as an application of love towards others.
Yes, as a nurse and one who worked as a mental health counselor on a locked psych ward, I'd sometimes suggest, "have you tried NOT taking drugs or being promiscuous... the elimination of those behaviors would make your problems mostly go away..."Certainly, and by general equity an extension of the principle of roof guards in Deuteronomy 22:8.
I think the rub in the modern use of harm reduction is the message that we can't say such and such behavior is dangerous, lest we come across as judgmental.
I'm all for keeping drug addicts from killing themselves. It's a genuine struggle and in my little neck of the river I've lost too many people who I've had face-to-face relationships with.
But I'm not shy about warning them of the dangers. None of my addict acquaintances are offended by me seeming judgmental. It's objective fact--these things are killing them. I try to convince them not to buy into the "drug of choice" language, as if it were some harmless lifestyle choice. Instead, it is destructive poison, as evidenced by the impacts to their lives.
How sad. I cant think of a more passive aggressive response.One of my concerns is that we fail to understand vulnerable kids. Apparently I upset our Head Teacher during an inservice on guidance issues. We were discussing underage sex and soft peddling the legal position. I explained that the Puritans had to introduce a hard and fast legal age to tackle underage prostitution particularly in ports.
When children tell us it is sometimes in the hope (expectation) that we as responsible adults will intervene!
This was the case with an underage girl in care who was forced into prostitution. I listened to her account of telling her social worker. Their responce was, "I respect your life choices". She was looking for help (legal age) and was effectively told she had made her bed and needed to lie on it!