Warning Labels

Beware of warning labels on your, bike, your cup of coffee or your car’s air bag; they are put there to protect you, I mean protect the manufacturer, from your improper use of their equipment.  Seems to me that the warning labels typically result from regulations or from the potential for a lawsuit driven by misuse. And so how could they then be helpful to the customer?  The warnings are passive and attached in a place that is not all that visible and they are mostly ignored.  In my humble opinion they are truly ineffective attempts to protect the manufacturer from some level of accountability.  And so I bet you are wondering, of all of the things to write about, how could he write about THPL and Warning Labels? 

I think the points to be made are quite simple: 

Sure, you can listen to lawyers and you can make believe that the warning label has cleared you of your responsibility. It has not and will not do so.  Gross negligence trumps all warnings but more importantly if the user was treated like a well-trained adult there would be no need for a sticker.

Instead of putting a warning on a product… how about we teach people how to avoid trouble.  And how about we take the principals of THPL and apply them to making ourselves more risk friendly.  

Lastly, what if we thought about taking responsibility for our actions such that we would never sue the maker or manufacturer for their channel.  What might life be like then?  Could the principals of THPL make a difference; could we truly live a higher performing life?  I dare say yes, but in the meantime, just laugh when you see the next sticker, warning you that seriously bad things could happen to you if you use the product.  Maybe then you should just return it and never use it - now that would be better….NOT.

Loving Life, warning label free