Paying attention to the different schools of thought that exist on the Government handling of Coronavirus, the Lockdown and Social Distancing provides an invaluable insight into how people are really feeling about everything right now.
No matter what side or position people have taken, all are talking and hinting of increasing desperation as the search begins for some kind of plan that will get us out of this wholly avoidable mess.
Sadly, the common theme is a lack of confidence in there being any clear way to deal with the problems the Government has created – all of which are set to get considerably worse.
There is a way to deal with what happens next, along with everything that will continue for the UK and us all thereafter. But the solution and its application doesn’t offer the surety that desperate people believe that they need in the time of a massive crisis.
The perceived need for any kind of immediate relief leaves many vulnerable people at the whim of any charlatan with a platform who starts preaching that they have a plan of some kind.
Meanwhile, there are very significant injustices present within society. But the establishment and mainstream media narratives that things are good for everyone simply because we have had peace for a long time and our lives have been improved by the advancement in technology facilitate the rather convincing argument that we have never had things so good.
The flipside or dark side of this cultural two-edged sword is a level of complacency and taking what we have for granted that may never have been seen before.
This regrettably includes a complete absence or lack of regard for what good or genuine leadership from the political class should look like and what will happen without it – as it now is – when things go wrong.
Peace and the apparent stability of the neoliberal age tells us that plans can either be created or that they already exist in the form of systems and processes to cover everything. This is where the Government response to Coronavirus has gone so tragically wrong with no guide to managing this crisis for politicians existing on record or being fixed in place.
What we need as we go forward through this horrid situation and face the coming reset, is a method, an approach or a way of doing things that works without the false security provided by having or identifying some kind of plan.
Plans are simply the projected method of doing something. They are the anticipated route map of how to reach the end of a journey before we step off. Yet our cultural default position has for too long been to reframe plans as the aim itself and to develop them as if we begin every journey from a standing start.
We have lost the ability to collectively visualise what we want as a Country. We no longer understand or relate to what it feels like to be inspired or to have faith and therefore be motivated to accept hardships, to take steps or to have them taken on our behalf to get there.
The facilitation of such inspiration is what genuine leadership is all about. It has been absent from Westminster for a very long time.
Influence, bias, self interest and myopic thinking have led the political circus for decades and as one set of self-serving politicians has been replaced by yet another, the rot has become institutionalised to the point where even the cleverest and most empathetic amongst them have no idea how to use or harness the power and responsibility they have to help and guide the lives of others.
Decisions are made with no respect for the basic law that governs the reality and consequences of what happens when any decisions are made; that the power of any decision lies only in the present and we cannot now make the decisions for choices that will follow thereafter.
The myth of assumed respect for politicians, government and those with public responsibility that we gain through conditioning is suggestive that at government level, the simple laws of life that affect you and I as we make daily decisions are different when they are taken with official responsibility for others. That they affect us all and that as such they would never work in the same way as they do when they are taken just for you or I.
Yet they do. The ways decision making works is just the same for everyone. The politicians we have are not special in any single way.
So when we consider what we want to happen next, whether it be for the Lockdown and Social Distancing to come to an end, for businesses to immediately go back to work, Schools to return full-time without restriction in September, or decisions to be made on the basis that life for us all can be improved, these decisions must be based only upon the factors under the decision makers control at the very moment in time they are made.
It simply defies all the rules of logic to think or believe that a plan can be made that cannot be influenced by the passage of even the smallest amount of time and that events and the actions of others that take place within that tiny time frame do not have the power to impact events in some way.
When we can and do accept that this is what real leaders do when they lead, and that the gift of any good leader is their ability to weigh up all of the information that they have at their disposal at that very moment when each and every decision is made, always making the decision that is right – not for them – but for us all, that is when we will have people running this Country who are suitable, qualified and above all READY to be in control.
That is when we can all have confidence in the future of this Country and won’t need the security of any plan.