THE MODERN DAY SAFETY PROBLEM
A 'lack of thinking' rather than 'bad thinking'
Most of us are aware of incidents where the first question that popped into our head was “what were they thinking?”
Not a bad question, but there is a better one: “what were they NOT thinking about?”
Most people think what we pay attention to is based on risk, or the amount of hazardous energy, or what's important to us. Sometimes that is true, but not as often as we think.
What we pay attention to the most is what we have conditioned ourselves to pay attention to through repetition. And that is not always the safest. Common everyday examples include people looking at a screen while walking or driving.
Most incidents are not about “bad thinking” but rather a “lack of thinking” … about what can hurt us.