Here’s yet another worrying indication that the extent to which people are having their capacity to assume the smallest degree of responsibilty for themselves and others is being increasingly eroded by legislation – this time from Europe.
In a drive to reduce hearing loss and damage amongst young people, the European Commission is recommending that a limit of 100 decibels is set on personal digital music players – iPods and the like for those readers who have been in Ulan Bator yak-molesting for the past 10 years. It’s proposed that such units are set at a ‘safe’ level of 85 decibels but that this may be over-ridden to a maximum volume of 100dB.
Apart from the usual habit of Brussels once again sticking its fucking nose into areas that it should leave well alone, what is rather more worrying was a comment from a representative of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) I heard on the radio this morning; that young people she’d spoken to thought that if mp3 players were damaging to the hearing then the government would have done something about them before.
What a sad reflection on the attitude of the young that government restrictions aren’t just accepted, but implicitly sought.
And where are their parents in all of this?
It’s common knowledge that hearing can be lost or damaged by excessive volume, so isn’t it the parents’ responsibility to warn their children about this?
Obviously, this isn’t a concern for the Eurocrats who seek to absolve yet another group they claim to serve of the responsibility to get on with their lives in a manner of their own choosing.
Perhaps educating those parents who do not know this could obviate the need for yet more intrusive legislation that doesn’t just affect a target group, but the rest of us.
I like cranking my iPod up loud – not all the time, maybe, but once in a while I feel the need for really loud music. Under the proposed legislation, my next iPod might, like the people Brussels is targeting, be emasculated.
So, with yet one more EU measure, people are absolved of any responsibility for their own welfare, and that of their dependents, and individual autonomy is given yet another swift kick in the balls.
Thank fuck not every Eurocrat thinks like this:
Conservative MEP Martin Callanan, who sits on the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, said: “Kids have always listened to their music loud and this is not going to stop them.”
He added: “You have to educate them to the risks but ultimately you have to allow personal responsibility and personal choice.”
Brussels – leave us the FUCK alone.