We humans feel secure when we are contained. In a loving relationship, the home that is castle, our “nation”. Whatever it be. For me it is nature, being part of a rich evolving exuberant abundance. I wonder if that is deep somewhere with us all? I hope so, because that would be a cause for hope that climate change and our rape of this earth could be reversed. When we wake from our materialist and amoral sleep, and realise where we truly are. As a species.
But our PR is dreadful. That’s what we have to fix.
The U.K. is a leader to be proud of in many areas. Take two for instance.. climate change and overseas aid.
We meet our climate change commitments and lead in this area. Globally we rank second only after Denmark. We’re doing much better than France and Italy. Germany has a dreadful record. I’d be prepared to bet this would astonish our Corbinista millenials.
We give generously to overseas aid – 0.7% of GDP alongside Scandinavian countries (Germany and France do not). Our generosity helps millions of refugees stay close to their countries (that’s what they want). Yet it’s Germany that is seen as being heroic here.
Odd isn’t it. Why is our publicity so bad?
Here again – within the EU we have been the second largest net funder. We’ve always obeyed all the rules. Yet we have always been castigated as “bad Europeans”. Why? Because we don’t play the corrupt politics of the Commission well – with its smoke filled rooms and underhand deals . ( Anyone who doubts this should read Adults in the Room by Varoufakis).
Again, we have a pluralistic tolerant and largely democratic society. Look elsewhere – where would you prefer to live as a persecuted minority? What’s not to be proud of…
Yes we have things to fix. How can we let the wealthy live separately from the poverty and distress of those who live rough subsist on food banks?
But for heavens sake our youth – wake up to what you have…
.. and can we please start telling the world about our qualities so that we can persuade them to tolerance, overseas aid and climate action ?