Fragility, Thy Name Is Child

Is it possible in this day and age to have a playground without health and safety warnings? Apparently not in Ireland, in any case.

The framers of the wretched notice at the children’s playground (actually a bureaucrat’s playground) were presumably trying to prevent harm to the children by excluding all that might result in an injury to them, as well as imposing a certain orderliness on them. Ireland having secularised late by comparison with other western societies, it has taken with a vengeance to the new trinity of values: not faith, hope and charity, but wealth, health and safety. No doubt secularisation has brought many benefits to the country, but not a better sense of humour.

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