Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Rocky road to equity

Life doesn't feel very rosey at the moment, but the whole world seems to be moving right so that's no great surprise.

I should really stop writing because you know, no pay.

However, stuff keeps bugging me.

This is the future guys, like it or not

Like the fact that whenever progress happens it never takes everyone with it and it amazingly it can be progress for some and a retrograde step for others.

This would be why people say two steps forward, one step back.

Although sometimes it's one step forward two steps back.

High hopes

Then again a world in common is utopian.

Only losing things you love to someone else's agenda, especially an agenda that you suspect to be greedier than yours, is tricky and sometimes downright heartbreaking.

It's sad when asking people to dream you always have to dash their hopes a bit at the same time, like an insurance policy.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A fine balance

Progress is a strange thing.

When it comes a litany of winners and losers, the sad and the happy.

Often the future we hope for is not the one that we get and we are left wondering what went wrong.

Why say this now?

I have been treated to a set of comedians who seem so far removed from my sense of humour as to leave me reeling.

They left me offended.

In this case I feel they had misjudged their audience, because I was not the only one not laughing.

A fine comedic line

The humour edged on the black kind that seems so much a feature of my speech these days.

Yet they seemed to have missed the point.

Like the world we each inhabited was miles apart and I didn't even have a clue what words I could string together to connect with them.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Democracy and education

People often give up on democracy when something catostrophic happens, or a terrible leader is elected.

However, the value of democracy is that it is bound to it's time.

If it is sufficiently flexible and foresighted it can withstand the test of time and create a legacy so great as to lift further generations to the skies.

The reason I am writing this now is some of my country seem to have forgotten the wars of the past, the lessons learnt and the growth still needed.

Heed your lessons

The reason for this is that in order for a democratic society to succeed it needs to develop and learn.

In order for a democracy to learn all of its people need to learn with it.

If you leave too many people behind your democracy will be a farce.

You create a democratic deficit in terms of wealth and education.

Higher deficits in terms of privilege, wealth and education; or indeed to unequal a journey can lead to grave democratic outcomes that hurt the many that go to the polls.