Without a doubt, the world has become more connected, noisier and more complex. But along the way, we’re still applying our instincts from a century ago, from a planet of villages and different expectations.
Rhetorical questions worth considering as we think about what’s normal. Where does here end and there begin? Is there a line between freedom and responsibility?
Is it okay to:
- Drive at 80 mph in a school zone?
- Smoke on an airplane?
- Spam a list of email addresses?
- Use a gas-powered leaf blower?
- What if it’s against local regulations?
- Pirate an ebook?
- Ride a scooter on the sidewalk?
- Aggressively market addictive painkillers while concealing the dangers?
- Send kids to a school where they don’t learn to read or write?
- Dump garbage from your factory into the river? The atmosphere?
- Play loud music at midnight in your apartment?
- Not get a polio vaccine for kids?
- Actively fund construction on a new coal plant?
No right answers, but urgent questions at scale.