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We are heading into a new age when we will work only for our needs, not anyone’s greed

August 23, 2021 Leave a comment

Watching the world slowly tearing itself apart, with the Covid Pandemic putting a bomb under the whole process and pushing government to behave even more madly than it already was and speeding the whole process up, it has been clear that we could have changed direction and taken a very different route to the one that we are now committed to at many different times.

I have made no secret of my mistrust and concerns about government and the quality of the politicians that we have not only at Westminster, but in our Cities and Towns and within the various Councils and Legislative Bodies that bring the same poor form of leadership into our lives in a much more localised form too.

Indeed, it would be very easy to say that every problem we have can be laid at the feet of the thousands of politicians that we have ‘running’ government across the UK. And to a degree this would be correct.

Politicians are, after all, the people who are making the decisions and writing the cheques, supposedly on our behalf, to ensure that Public Services are rolled out and provide exactly what they are supposed to do so.

Yet we are the people who elect those politicians.

We are the people who give these very stupid people the mandate to do the things that they do.

We are the same people who put Boris Johnson, a completely inept and incompetent career wannabe into No10 with an 80 Seat Parliamentary Majority in December 2019, blissfully unaware of the National crisis that was about to unfold just weeks into what could still be a five-year-term that ends in 2024.

Life has increasingly become all about the self. As voters, we are rarely interested in anything going on in the world outside our bubbles. That is until whatever those issues are reach into our bubble and affect us directly in some way.

Whilst it is reasonable to expect that the politicians we elect would have an entirely different, considered and appreciative understanding of the different lives we all live, they don’t.

In fact, the only difference between the outlook of people who are wrapped up in careers making money, getting likes on social media, getting a profile and our politicians today, is that the people who have selfishly seen politics and public representation as a career, have just chosen getting a seat in Parliament as their way to achieve pretty much the same things as everyone else, without any appreciation for what their roles are really for.

All of this is important. We must understand and also accept that everyone has a stake in the pathway that brought us here to where we are now and what comes next.

It doesn’t matter if you voted for someone who didn’t get elected, voted Remain or perhaps didn’t even vote. We are all in this together, just the same, even though we have been conditioned by our pre-Covid way of living to believe that it is us against the world (with a few special friendships and relationships thrown in) and thinking that any other way of living our lives simply will not work.

Money has become our god. Its influence runs like a fat, pumping vein through every part of life. We judge others on how much money they have, how much money they earn, how much money they spend. In many ways we literally judge their worth on the basis of how much they burn.

Over decades, the influence and desire for money and the status that we believe it brings us has changed the dynamic of how the world around us works and how we value our place within it. And in business and finance, the obsession with making sums so large that the amount accumulated could never be used by the person who earned it has become so commonplace, that it is now a contingent part of the mess that we are now in.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself the question, ‘What do I actually require to live?’

Many of us have not. And as the search for wealth and riches has increased its pace, many businesses and providers of services have tailored their offerings to provide more and more expensive material items that aren’t actually required by anyone other than those who want to show the world what they believe they’ve got. These material items are just the things that someone with money to waste believes they need to be happy and to show that they are different, when none of us are different in any real way.

Sadly, the real cost of this process has been one that we can no longer afford. The obsessive behaviour by those in positions of influence to create an environment where banks and finance houses and the businesses they are closely aligned with can do exactly as they please just to make more and more money, has and is having an impact on everyone – apart from all those who are directly involved.

The obsession with money has conditioned us against valuing the things that really matter. Relationships, Community, self-respect, care for our environment, charity and the care of whoever may be vulnerable, social interaction and a genuine willingness just to take part have all been driven into the darkness of no meaning. Meanwhile, the self-styled masters of the universe who have created a ticking time bomb of money creation based on financial instruments that are deliberately complicated – just so we will not try to understand the simplicity of how they work – have been aided and abetted by a Chancellor, Prime Minister, Government and entire Parliament that is fully invested in the continuance of a system that doesn’t work for anyone other than themselves.

Books, videos and podcasts are available everywhere that can help you to better understand the complexities and the truths that underpin our current money-based reality, if you want to go in search of answers and knowledge as a personal choice. Read as many different sources as you can and don’t be put off by giving some of that time to sources that the establishment is doing its best to silence or devalue by bringing into question the propriety of the provider.

The reality is that the money and stock markets, the banking system as it works today, globalisation and many other terms that may touch your hearing or vision as you listen to or read the news are all part of a very elaborate con. One that has worked very successfully to keep making the rich and their kind even richer, whilst taking more and more of the intrinsic value that once existed for everyone living ‘normal lives’ in their ability to work, pay their way, stay out of debt, contribute to the community and simply have the kind of life that people who may seem materially poor but meaningfully rich can afford to live without getting into debt or being called upon by messages everywhere that tell them they must be something or do something in order to qualify as having value in the eyes of others.

The system has worked this way, continuing to damage lives, communities and even the environment for so long that it has become like an ecosystem in its own right. A system where nothing that works against it can be tolerated or allowed to exist.

Regrettably, this has extended itself into the political world. This is why it is rare to find politicians who haven’t been helped or elevated into their roles, when that role itself has any power or influence that can be interpreted as having some kind of value that is worth owning in some way by the political parties and the people who support and influence them in some way.

And it would have continued to be like this indefinitely too. That is until events that are out of the control of the politicians and the establishment take over and the whole thing is stopped, as it is being so now by the Covid Pandemic and specifically by the way that our politicians and the institutions behind them have responded to it and the measures that they have unthinkingly imposed.

As I am writing today in mid-August 2021, it does in many ways look as if the world is going to return to exactly the same way that it was. A big part of the reason for this is because the culture of interests that I have discussed above have a vested interest in things continuing just the same.

The media is heavily involved in maintaining this narrative too. That is why so many of the stories that appear are using previous statistics and values as benchmarks to tell us how well things are going, rather than bringing any serious kind of focus to the many smaller stories that are out there. Real stories that joined up would tell us all very clearly that the world is now a very different place to what it was in March 2020 and that things are going to change in ways that we could never have previously believed.

The narrative is quite literally based on ‘fake it ‘til you make it’. And the establishment really does believe that if they keep telling us that things are just going to go back to being ‘normal’, that is how they will eventually turn out to be.

Unfortunately, the tricks, the spin and the manipulation have been used upon us all one too many times. People are now rapidly awakening to the damage that has been done to the lives and wellbeing of people right across the UK by the inappropriate and misguided use of behavioural science to use fear to coerce and control people, just so that the ‘system’ can continue to work for those who benefit most from it.

The narrative must be maintained if it is to keep working. This is why we have found ourselves knocking on the door to the realms of the ridiculous with the coming implementation of vaccine passports and the talk of a ‘necessary’ booster programme for a population-wide vaccine roll-out using vaccines that don’t actually vaccinate, have very limited value in other ways, and as such, are vaccines don’t actually work.

But events are already out of government control. There are things happening in the UK and around the world that our government, no other government and even the feared World Economic Forum simply cannot control.

‘The System’ is going to collapse, taking all those so heavily invested in it down along with it too.

The lives that we have been conditioned to believe to be very easy – just because everything arrives quickly at the push of a button or the flick of a switch, will soon be a thing of the past.

Our ways of thinking will inevitably be forced to change because of the events that we are now destined to experience, and we are going to have to reassess and revalue all the things that are important to us – especially where money and everything it touches, or influences is involved.

This transition will feel hard to begin with. The process is going to include upheaval of a kind we are simply not used to and with it, suffering that we have not experienced before.

But through this unavoidable exposure to the realities of the consequences that follow repeated decisions being made by those in power that are not made in the best interests of all, we will find ourselves in a place where happiness and contentment find their way into our lives once more.

Of the difficulties we face, one of the biggest will be being able to see a better way to approach community, business and commerce in comparison to the way that everything seems to get done so beneficially for us as individuals right now.

Localism or the prioritisation of community and the places or even neighbourhoods where we live will be the basis upon which we will build our new way of thinking and of looking at the world.

This is not the kind of mealy-mouthed ‘localism’ that politicians have been using for years to sell the centralisation of political power and the strengthening of their political parties’ grip on power. It is localism in the genuine sense where all decisions and public-focused priorities are made with their real impacts not only in mind, but in full view by the people who make them, who themselves will be completely invested in the public representation and service that they provide.

Business and commerce will still be essential, but in a much more responsible and considered form.

One of the problems that has led to the place we find ourselves in has been the way that new technology has been harnessed not to improve products and the services on offer. It has been used ruthlessly and, in some cases, very inhumanely as a very brutal way to reduce the requirement for manpower and as a way to reduce costs. Those benefits have never been passed on to the customer or end user. In fact, the costs to us have continued to rise at every turn.

Just because we can do something or do things in a particular way, it does not necessarily follow that we should do so. Profit is not a good master of anything. The best master will always be the best interests and experience for all those involved.

Businesses will return their focus to the products and the services that they provide, rather than the profit they can make and the money that they can be ‘sweated’ to earn for the few.

There will be a conscious approach to continuing and even reemploying people to carry out jobs and functions where machines and information technology have taken over wherever there have been savings to be made.

Yes, owners and investors will be rewarded for the risks and the commitments that they make. But the days of pension funds driving once great businesses into the ground by stripping all of their qualitative or added value for the customer – where big industry is still required – are gone.

Money will return to its intrinsic value. The intrinsic value of money is nothing. Money is a medium of exchange and nothing more.

The mindset that experience will teach us to adopt and teach to others will be one that focuses on whatever we do for work being based only upon securing that which we require to meet our needs, the needs of those of who we care for, the needs of our communities and the businesses or organisations that we own or run. The days of our focus being only on what we want to make us financially or materially rich and therefore see ourselves as better than others, or more ‘qualified’ in the eyes of others – the days of greed – are done.

As value returns to every job, function and occupation and as we realise and accept the very important role in everyone’s lives that every role plays, the real value of small, cottage businesses and industries will be realised and appreciated once more.

Necessity will dictate that the world is going to seem much smaller. But we will see the value in all the things that are very close to us, and this will help us all to discover ourselves, or real priorities and what is really important about this lesson called life than ever before.

This new, people-centric way of living will have many positive consequences that can be directly linked to the way that we feel when we value ourselves and the role that we play in the lives of others and within our communities too.

Beyond the obvious benefits to mental health and physical well-being, the local, national and world environment will benefit too as we move from the age of ‘damn the consequences’ to one where everything we do will be considered in terms of the real and full costs. We are entering the age of consequence in more ways than one.

Of those who have read this far, some will be thinking these words and this view is just fanciful, But the reality is that this new way of living and the principles upon which our way of living will be based is no longer a choice.

The damage that has been done by lack of thought, lack of care and a complete disrespect for the lives of others over decades and possibly longer, carries with it a significant price that will have to be paid.

The establishment as it is today has literally driven us to the end of the road. Their actions have led to all that we will have to live through in the coming months and years. Meanwhile we will all fulfil our roles in the process of everything being reset and returned to the place where it should already have been.

As things change now and as they appear to get worse and worse, it is vital that we are not drawn in by the words of those whose words reach our ears or our eyes, simply because they have the platform of celebrity, fame or politics from the world as it has been and was before.

These are the people who are invested in keeping things the same as they have been. But they are also the sirens calling at the ship of change from very dangerous rocks that possess the power to sink everything. We must ignore what the messages they sing to us as the easy route back to all we knew, as the momentum from the sea of change will take us safely past without unnecessary effort on our part.

Listen to the words you hear or read. Follow the words that resonate. The messages that make sense to you, even when that sense cannot even be explained.

Trust your instinct in an unquestioning and committed way like you have never done so before.

The change that you desire is coming. You may not see it yet. But we have already passed the start.

Net Zero is not only possible, we MUST aim for it too. However, it is an objective that requires inspiration and true statesmanship to deliver and it’s foolish to believe it can simply be imposed

August 10, 2021 Leave a comment

Probably one of the most unhelpful arguments being conducted, then pushed by the media is the question over climate change, global warming and who or what is to blame or at fault.

It’s a dead cat debate, doing considerably more harm than good, simply because it is preventing reasoned discussion and action being taken to alleviate the impact on us all from the changes to the weather that are already evident and plain for us to see.

I cannot disagree with the concerns and arguments about the approach of big business and the consequences for the environment and serious risk to our quality of life from industrialisation, mechanisation, globalisation and the driving forces of greed and the motivation for achieving profit whatever the true cost.

But before we can even begin to tackle that problem in a way that will prove to be meaningful for all, there has to be an epiphany in governments right across the world. With it the recognition that public policy and the responsibility of government sits at the heart of the entire environmental debate, and that there are few areas of public policy which do not touch or fail to be influenced by the green question and environmental issues in some way.

The UK itself is already facing a range of problems from the climate changes taking place. A very good example of how different policy areas overlink in ways that are very serious, whilst being overlooked by our MPs and politicians would be the increasing problems that we are experiencing with flooding. Here, a rather large blind eye is also being covered over too, simply because housebuilding has become the obvious answer to a housing crisis that our politicians will not deal with in more appropriate ways. In so doing. Our political class are condemning existing homes, the villages, communities and towns around them to what might soon be very serious flooding problems, when taking responsibility and doing things differently could make this in many cases much easier to avoid.

Building green policy on what looks good in the media, what wins votes and what is easy to do is no way to tackle a worldwide crisis. One that will reach an inescapable point where its impacts are going to become very serious for us all.

Government cannot avoid the way the world works and why people and businesses are invested so heavily in things remaining as they are.

Ironically, the behavioural science that has been so heavily relied upon to coerce people into doing what the government wanted them to do as part of the political response to the Covid Pandemic, could be put to much better and constructive use. It could be applied to providing ‘nudges’ that govern the way people are thinking about their own impact on the environment and what they can independently do to help us all to go green.

However, using policies to force people to change does not consider the practical realities such as affordability, accessibility and what other policies green policy itself will impact – bearing in mind that you can be certain that with each step taken, there will be practical and in many cases hard-hitting consequences for us all.

To hear the Government, the media, the activists and academics preach, you could easily conclude that the UK is one of the worst sinners of the World. But it is not.

Whilst Government may feel galvanised in its ability to ‘impose’ green solutions on us all by the ‘success’ it has ‘achieved’ in forcing the UK to indulge all the unnecessary and costly responses to the Covid Pandemic it has imposed, taking this stupidity even further into the imposition of green technologies will end up in a disaster for this Country. One that will arrive much quicker and be far more consequential for all of us than the alternative of starting to deal with climate change the hard way and the right way. Currently, they are taking the easy route, as control freaks inevitably always do, concluding that giving this date or that date and a reliance on technology that doesn’t even exist, that future change is safe to impose upon us all.

In terms of the environment and the wider green issues that are involved, it is important to remember that the idealist’s viewpoint is that the problem will be solved with unilateral solutions that only affect people and businesses based in the UK. Yet isolated action will only hurt us, whilst doing nothing to address a problem that is the worlds, not just the UKs to own.

The reality is that we will not influence anyone or any other Country in a way that will be helpful to anyone, if our politicians just force through legislation such as heat pumps for homes, that are wholly impractical and consider none of the impacts on anything other than the environment itself – just as the Johnson Government has been doing by undertaking all policy decisions in isolation where Covid has been involved.

One of the biggest obstacles to progress on environmental issues worldwide, is the sordid fact that money is always and inevitably involved.

Money motivates people deeply in an emotionally entrenched way. And people who have lots of it and want more of it will not let issues that don’t agree with their own narrative get in their way.

Corporate interests are a massive part of the climate change problem. They will continue to be so until those responsible can be convinced that the same or more profit can be achieved for them, by conducting their business in a very different and environmentally friendly way.

Sadly, like most things historically, the biggest profits and margins are to be made when whatever you are doing means that you are in a position to exploit.

Morality and ethics are at a rare premium in business these days. It is the same people who are accumulating this wealth who already possess the deep pockets that our politicians suck up to and treat as if they are sacred cows.

There is as such a dangerous inevitability about the level of damage that is going to be done, before that moment of reason land collectively, and everyone starts working together voluntarily to address the issues and work better – because they have come to the decision as an informed and unselfish choice.

The saving grace to all this – strange as it may sound, may turn out to be the Covid Pandemic itself and the decisions that poor politicians have made in response.

Covid has literally seen governments around the world take decision after decision that has exponentially speeded up every problem that poor leadership has created over decades.

It means that a point is approaching where going greener will simply become the way that we all start to do things, rather than us having to wait on people who are so far choosing not to make the green choice.

Globalisation is over and done with in the way that we have known it before. The media are making very little of what is happening with shipping, supply chains and the provision of goods from around the world. But goods are not going to be available as they were before, and as the coming financial crisis beds in for the long haul, the realities of genuine localism, food and the supply of essential daily items from within a very local area, if not the immediate community itself, is going to become prevalent once again.

However, to make the very best of the opportunities that will come from a very serious crisis, it is vital that we have the right people influencing and making all of the key decisions that will need to be made.

Whatever happens next, it is essential that the decisions being made are not aimed purely at an electoral echo chamber as they have been now for decades.

Every decision being taken from now onwards will have very serious consequences for us all.

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