|We have treasured our educational system also as a firm pillar of the liberal community. This faith, however, is not unanimously shared. One critic has said: “Education (is) by its very nature an individual matter…not geared to mass production. It does not produce people who instinctively go the same way…(yet) our millions learn the same lessons and spend the same thing at exactly the same time. For one reason and another we are more and more ignoring differences, if not trying to obliterate them. We seem headed toward a standardization of the mind, what Goethe called ‘the deadly commonplace that fetters us all.’” This speaker was not part of a Berkeley rally; it was Edith Hamilton, one of our greatest classicists.||Make gentle the life of this world|
|Each nation has different obstacles and different goals, shaped by the vagaries of history and of experience. Yet as I talk to young people around the world I am impressed not by the diversity but by the closeness of their goals, their desires and their concerns and their hope for the future. There is discrimination in New York, the racial inequality of apartheid in South Africa, and serfdom in the mountains of Peru. People starve in the streets of India, a former Prime Minister is summarily executed in the Congo, intellectuals go to jail in Russia, and thousands are slaughtered in Indonesia; wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere in the world. These are differing evils; but they are the common works of man. They reflect the imperfections of human justice, the inadequacy of human compassion, the defectiveness of our sensibility toward the sufferings of our fellows; they mark the limit of our ability to use knowledge for the well-being of our fellow human beings throughout the world. And therefore they call upon common qualities of conscience and indignation, a shared determination to wipe away the unnecessary sufferings of our fellow human beings at home and around the world.
It is these qualities which make of youth today the only true international community.
Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress.
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|But if there is one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feelings of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs – that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems.||Make gentle the life of this world|
|To say that the future will be different from the present is, to scientists, hopelessly self-evident. I observe regretfully that in politics, however, it can be heresy. It can be denounced as radicalism or branded as subversion. There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.||Make gentle the life of the world|
|Wise policy is setting priorities – differentiating between that which is merely important and that which is truly essential. And it would be both callous and self-indulgent for those of us who sit comfortably at home to form policy without full knowledge and consciousness of the costs to others, young men and women and children, whose lives turn on the abstractions of our discussion.||Make gentle the life of the world|
Due my own views the main outcome is much more than disappointing and a shock if not a surprise.. In that you can expect a thing but still find yourself in sense of shock when it does precisely that.
The other outcome is less disappointing but potentially more telling. Leave have won, so the attention has turned to the profound, wide spread and deliberate lies and opportunistic tub thumping that they used to achieve this end… the end regardless of the road that got them there.
The idea then comes around that:
a) These people are to blame for the outbursts of the deeply unpleasant, offensive and ignorant views..
b) The legitimacy of the result is questioned.. called into question due to the size and number of lies that built the road that took us here.
The second of these is massively disappointing because the point of all this pain was to say clearly what the will of the people was and because above all things this was always going to happen. It was not reserved to the exit campaign to exaggerate, lie and use unfounded rhetoric and certainty of truth formed upon their lies .. both did it .. so we were guaranteed to end up with a situation where whomever lost will not have felt duly beaten but rather they were doomed by these antics to feel instead cheated.
This view that everything is an opportunity in the pursuit of power and personal advantage undermined the campaign in so many ways .. The electorate no longer believes anything anyone says, wont be led or advised by those who can be given no benefit of the doubt in being honest or in representing their interests ..
THE REMAIN CHAMPION
THE EXIT CHAMPION ??
So what do you do now that you’ve manufactured a situation where no one will rest on the result.. You stand aside and leave it to other to resolve, to say things like heal the wounds, bring people together but people didnt loose, least thats no how they see it … they feel cheated .. Before the result was know and remain was believed to be the outcome it was clear some exit leaders were not going to be prepared to accept the result – now its clear the young, the people of Scotland and London, the people who want anything but to move forward with this outcome feel violated and robbed rather than beaten .. and its a problem
A problem which could continue it corrosive repercussion beyond this already seismic moment..
The people never blame themselves for their choices – so who will be blamed when the deal our representatives cant deliver everything they we’re promised with none of the costs they feel they wont need to pay …
What happens when the working conditions and employment opportunities of the already poor and oppressed dwindle and worsen ..
What happens when funding to the services they were told would be bolstered by not making contributions are actually cut to meet the demands of a shrinking economy and the political response to lower tax and protect that part of the economy .. someone always has to pay ..
What happens when Scotland decides it would rather be in a union with all of Europe rather than a lump of land to its south its long held with limited regard … and with whom it voted recently to stick with based on arguments that staying in the UK meant staying in the EU, when it very clearly now means quite the obvious ..
What happens to the lack of belief, the anger and disaffection then ? – let alone those like me who are and see themselves as European and feel horrified to be identified with with this small mentality, this damaging corrosive retrograde decision of our fellow island dwellers.
So what is this .. i was there and im not sure ..
Was it a demonstration against the result to claim a right to not uphold this outcome?
Was it a demonstration against the falsehoods that got us here? (& would have got us there had the result gone the other way)
Was it a demonstration to friends abroad that what has come to pass does not represent us all and this is not in our name?
I would like nothing more than to see this result turned around but i was not there to protest for this, for i fear that regardless of the historically damaging turning point that was this decision – it could yet be more scaring and dangerously undermining to seek to re-write a vote… People wont accept they were lied to until late, to use that now will see them feel utterly cheated and we will be at least as divided .. its quite the horrendous mess
In the meantime we have people chanting slogans like EU we love you at the demo .. how helpful is that? in most EU countries the EU is far from a popular establishment, indeed the suspicion is that similar referendums in other member states would render the same result as in the UK.
This is an organisation with a massive democratic deficit, that takes money from us all and hands vast amounts of it to wealthy land owners, subsidies vast food waste including failing year after year to address its policies that encouraged fisherman to through excess dead catches overboard .. an orgganisation that has never in all its history managed to have its accounts signed off by its auditors and yet invades the democracies of nation states … Yes we are better of in the EU, but we would all be better of, maybe not in this position and maybe not in worse positions in years to come if those pro-EU had done something real about its offensive and unnecessary short comings.
Instead we have political and media seeking to set an agenda and telling people what to think (though not a consistent message)
We have a people who when asked prefer to act out, responding in petulant rebellion, thus fueling increased mistrust by the ruling bubble, decreasing engagement while increasing populist rhetoric, decreasing trust and alignment and increasing petulant rebellion when eventually consulted and round and round …
I admit to not providing a solution but surely it cant come from further alienating the electorate, the politicians are the fewer, the more able to communicate and make a collective change than are the masses – for that reason above all others the onus is on them … but we all hold individual responsibility .. Those who opt to be ignorant and racist are not ignorant and racist because of what has happened, those reason lie elsewhere and deserve their own attention. Those who stoke are not innocent but they are the creators of a far deeper illness
|Page 96||Thucydides reported that the Peloponnesians and their allies were mighty in battle but handicapped by their policy-making body, in which he related, “each presses its own ends … which generally results in no action at all … they devote more time to the prosecution of their own purposes than to the consideration of the general welfare – each supposes that no harm will come of his own neglect, that is the business of another to do this or that; and so, as each separately entertains the same illusion, the common cause imperceptibly decays”||Make gentle the life of this world|
|Page 105||In a democratic society law in the form which free men give to justice. The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law.||Make gentle the life of this world|
Borders the arbitrary kind are a great aid to right wing politics.
Natural borders like those all about us in the UK with the salty fluids, they are somewhat more a given but no less of an aid.
For while people could seek ways to group themselves unhealthily into ‘us’ and ‘them’ in some form of involving a contemplation, the presence of borders reviews this most minor of inconveniences.
So while people might look to their wealthy near neighbours or their government or the tax avoiding blue chip on the local commercial area, they manage to avoid this. Distracted by the far more acceptable notion that the cause of their suffering, the reason they dont have that which they might like to have, feel they ought to have are those who resemble them most closely but who appear on another side of one or multiple of these boundaries.
So it is that the UK news reports people full of belief the immigrants and/or the EU are out to get their NHS. An NHS that had been getting gradually worse. A point could be made about the relative lack of funding, how services have been cut back due to health authority debts and central government funding but that’s difficulty, they voted for that government… the other lot might have made the tax go up to pay for things.. and anyway its just all to natural to know it was that blank unknown wrongness from over the shore that did …. whatever it might be that you care about ….
Its do predictable, humour could be found in it.. only right now i haven’t – right now we have been forced out of the UK by a populous that demonstrably have no clue what they were voting on. The EU is a bit shit, it is, it lack democratic instincts, often seems more like FIFA than an accountable parliament … democratic deficit i believe its sometimes refereed to … so our very own democratic deficit is ours no more..
So we get to repatriate powers.. Sovereign powers .. because our governments define how things are to be right.
Governments never say things like:
- We cant implement peoples rights/pay.. we’d love to but think about our national competitiveness, we have to be able to compete with our neighbours
- We cant charge tax to the wealthy or corporations at a rate commensurate with the paid by the labour ranks, they’d just take their investment/business activities across one of those previously mentioned borders
- The internet … access to information … dangerous and terrorists in some sort of varying sequence
We do have these sovereign powers, we do have that taken back control, very useful when the balance of power provides all these excuses and/or rationals for choosing that those powers are simply not the kind, repatriated or not that you care to be using.
This is a shameful day for all the small minded, exuberant displaying that is a poor imitation of genuine national confidence. We’ve become old, infirm, looking back upon a younger selves with glorious rose tinted speckles to the worlds remember when we …. but we probably didn’t and if we did… and maybe on some we did …. at what cost, at was damage, destruction, theft and still visible scar to the world did we do this, in these glorious days of y’ore… all that apart, presuming it wasn’t don’t so, time has not remained still.. this didn’t choose stop being so because we magnanimously chose it to, it came apart because it had to, because time past and things changed…. but now through a barely considered act of self destruction we’ve found a portal through which to resurrect that place and time.. Behold world .. the UK is back and being great again .. Rejoice .. for the light you sought, if even you knew it no, it lit once more
The UK has resigned itself to decline and irrelevance in a way thats painfully clear but hard to comprehend.. The death rattle presenting as prideful defiance .. the hollow colourful display of the beast that believes itself beaten and is throwing what it has into one last forlorn hope .. to convince no assailant in this case but purely and merely to convince itself of a relevance it will never once more have and defy a lack of relevance it didnt but has now consigned itself to.
Jame’s have a concert – one friend is a big fan .. end up going – not many familiar tunes are plates but its nice enough.
Nottingham – its further north than i had in mind .. and the work meetings that were in Nottingham in my head were in Mansfied in not my head .. another 20 miles or so up the way .. a place quite light on Hotel and accommodation options
Discovering Airbnb – a concept that still seems odd to me, where people surrender their home to invading persons – in this case myself, in return for donation .. just like the British preferred to do things – back in the day ..
This is Nottingham – Manfied devoid of options – or rather its Sherwood a particular area within the general Nottingham city area.
The EU debate continues .. salient
Airbnb places aside the following week – return to Nottingham, via booking.com a traditional accommodation – Hotel .. The Stage Hotel .. which according to the stars of quality rates a respectable 3* …
As we approached the comment was offered that is had something about it, something in its character, a sort of crack den or whore house quality .. inside the improvement was questionable in the communal areas though the room was less.. well it was less .. i did wake with a face skin inflammation that had not been there the evening before .. who can say whether it was a bite or another swiftly occurring blemish .. who can say, but there it was and time for another day of Mansfield meeting.
It was an unconventional interpretation of the 3* conceit
The evening before Liverpool collapses in the UEFA cup final – a second half performance that can clearly be said to number among the worst or biggest collapses seen in finals .. Better nights have been had, in summary.
The EU debate / Tory Civil War … continues ..
The conservative parties internal debate and point of schizophrenic break .. The EU .. brought unto the population as a whole to overcome their trauma.
While a legitimate point of debate for a country its swiftly descended into farcical spoutings of the highly outlandish and absolutest kind… while the public demand facts – but what facts – what guarantees are they seeking ?
Economic facts about what will happen in the future?
Population growth and distribution patterns in the future?
Speed and nature of political agreements in the future?
There are no facts there are only suppositions, notions, opinions and some well and some poorly grounded predictions.
Still it gives those with racists tendencies to loiter safely in the shadow of those with more practical and a less malignant existence – its become unacceptable to say some people who say not quite borderline racist utterances are racists.. no they are people with genuine and legitimate concerns .. people who suggest Britain’s place in the world has altered this its blood letting days of empire, innovation and bright exploration .. they dont believe in the UK, they are self hating brits – shame be upon them … Yes its a quality debate ..
and when its all well and done many things will have been thrown about and probably everyone on either side will feel cheated, lied to and less debating a fountain of things that weren’t … no one will believe the outcome is the will of the people regardless of what that outcome is ..
Boris..ex Major or London..so unsure which way to go..Leave / Remain..up to the last, NOW converted to lead advocate and devout leaver… Teller of the things about how the EU foists banana controls upon us and diminishes our great light, casting us into their great sinking darkness.
Cameron .. least fit for office PM of UK … so unsure which way to go up until after the phantom renegotiation .. NOW converted to lead remain campaigner and no-er of the country destroying ills that come of leaving.
Then there was a marathon .. none participatory .. wouldn’t even make it the one mile.. not even close
Not quite the US republican debate .. at which its still some some small relief to see even right winger of Europe seemly shocked and appalled .. but that doesn’t stop the Government reverting to .. vote for us – the other guy is a muslim & well you know what that means … campaign .. A new low invading a mainsteam political party who ought to take their responsibility more seriously and no better than to attempt such opportunism..
Thankfully it effectively killed of their campaign – London – no place for this sort of thing and guaranteed their own candidates demise.
|For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions: indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because of their skins have different colours. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.
This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a mans among other men. And this, too, afflicts us all.
|..put a Candid Camera team in a ghetto school and watch what a rotten system of education it really is. Film a mother staying up all night to keep the rats from her baby… Then I’d ask people to watch it and experience what it means to live in the most affluent society in history – without hope.|