Ethics and Law

Theobald and the mindquake:

I am not quite sure if this situation applies but I do see it as adaptable in the same situation. I am thinking about the prohibition of alcohol sales in our country. Dont understand me wrong, I do think that it was a necessary attribute to prevent further issues concerning the unlimited availability of alcohol, day and night. And furthermore, I see it as a failure in adapting the mindquake question.

The whole project was undertaken with good intentions in mind but the way the ban was applied was unexpected and did not bare in mind the people. With extreme determination the ban was imposed on different areas and municipalities. Without notification or discussion the order of thing was changed for the common people. And since the taste of soviet way of deciding and doing things was still fresh in our minds and memories, the step was often considered to be offensive and unjust.

Although it was reverted a number of times in different areas and than imposed as a national regulation, the way of getting to that point of consensus was erratic.

So to sum up, I believe that there are a lot of different processes to point out as considerate towards the mindquake question, but most of them are still far from it.

One of Handy’s paradoxes:

The paradox of productivity. At the organizational level, productivity improvement means more work from fewer people. At the social level, more people become inactive or enter the underground economy. The result is organizations become more productive and society less so.

In my mind a good example was the case of Estonian National Opera. While in the summer period a number of improvements were done within the building itself concerning the sequrity systems etc. The amount spent on these improvements was somewhat under the magic number of 1 million EEK. After all, improving services and reducing the whole price of upkeep in a massive structure like an opera house is all for the best but not concidering the people that were laid off in the process.

 The outcome is that people who may only have the skills and knowledge to be efficient in that current sphere are now left to be taken care of by the community and of course the funding for that comes from the same place from which it came for the national opera. 

So what do we have left? A functioning institution and a rise in social unemployment.

One of Castell’s features of network society: the transformation of work and employment (the flexi-workers) is a phenomenon that is indeed occuring in various forms. I do not believe that unemployment has had a massive impact on it before and also during the recent recession, in the sence of working hours at least. Although there is a definite trend towards individualism concerning the working arrangements and contracts, it is more because of the oppotunity and welfare of the workers. If there is a possibility to include more in a day by being flexible and providing the playroom within the working hours than why not allow it to happen. I would not go as far as saying that it is mostly concerning female workforce. The opportunities are provided to both sides and probably because of the liberal and equal society norms that are so carefully followed and protected.


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