“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable”
George Orwell author of Animal Farm described a political landscape that I am starting to see all around me. I see laws and rule being created only then to see them not being followed or totally ignored by those people who created them in the first place. The obvious is the fiasco of Dominic Cummings and the Barnard Castle affair.
‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’
In the Orwell story the pigs are the political leaders of the farm community, a bit unfair to pigs but I get her point. The leaders start off by staying that all the animals on the farm are equal. Over time, as the leaders fail to uphold the very rules that they had created they decided to change it slightly. So now, ‘some’, being them, were more equal than others.
Today I have been listening to a business person who is incandescent with rage with our leaders. This is because the restriction rules, that have not ever applied to any of them, are now to be further extended. This is now seen as their intention all along and that they are all a ‘bunch of lying bleep bleeps’. This person who I have previously seen as a mild mannered person is now on the edge of direct action and sounding almost mutinous. Then they quoted Harv Eker at me. Harv Eker is the author of the millionaire mind which is both a course and a book enabling people to reach their desired potential.
‘No one ever changed the world by watching X Factor’
Harv Eker, famously said this quote. In reality I suspect that no one ever did anything while watching X Factor. Marx once said that religion was the opiate of the people, the thing that kept them quiet and kin their place. I suspect that religion has now been overtaken by the various forms of media that fill our lives and often have the effect of stopping us doing things and being creative.
How many hours do we spend each week doing nothing other that being intoxicated by the media on our phones, tablets and televisions? Often we watch other people, that the media present to us as icons of success, many of us watch and wish that we were famous or as rich like them. Yet when we are watching the box we are not doing the things that would give us the very things that we desire. If religion once served to keep us the people quiet acquiescent and in order has television and the media now have taken the place of religion as the social drug that numbs the senses of the public so that most of us do very little and just accept a lot?
The business person that I was talking to was saying that have all become an apathetic bunch of yes people who now just do what we are told and never question anything. Least of all BoJo and his team.
In a very real way the world is changing. The climate is changing. With Brexit economically and politically things are changing. With Covid 19 plus variants everything is changing.
The only constant thing in life is change
The universe that we inhabit is subject to constant the change. We call it evolution or decay. Nothing ever stays the same. However, most change is gradual. Occasionally change is sudden abrupt and intense.
The person who has been sharing their frustrations with me is talking a need to actively do something about the situation. This quite shocked me because they would be seen as a pillar of the community and a part of the constant unchanging landscape of life supporting the status quo come what may. If they are getting in the mood for rebellion, then, I see society in trouble and at a much deeper level that people can imagine.
We seem to be at a point where big change is coming. The problem is that when change happens creatively and productively we move forward together. When change happens without a coherent plan and is imposed on us it can be both devastating and difficult.
Maybe it is not quite the time to man (person) the barricades but it might not be that fare off. As I keep saying…
If we all look after each other we will all be okay
Whatever happens with lockdowns and easing the issue will always be the same. We all need to survive this thing called ‘life’. Success at any level of life takes commitment and time and consistent and persistent action. Time to be persistently and consistently kind and we might just make it.