Following the general election, the outcome of which I found deeply disappointing, I have been thinking about ways to counteract what may be the introduction of further inequalities and oppression in UK society.
People may have been made to feel inferior because they don’t buy into the lure of capitalism or consumerism. Most people do still view people as equal to each other in every capacity irrespective of material wealth. The right-wing rhetoric, which has been voted in by the UK public, will now dominate the policies and principles of our near future, and will attempt to drive deeper wedges between groups of people as difference and diversity will be viewed by some as weaknesses. Success, by some, will be measured against the ability to acquire financial wealth, property, assets, by whatever means, lies, deceit, cheating, smearing, manipulating the media etc. There needs to be more appreciation for the richness of diversity to help us understand different perspectives, and help us continue to dignify individuality. Not everyone wants to be, look, feel or act the same as everyone else, and this is worth celebrating.
What those in power don't appear to have, and would never be able to buy, is an authentic life. They can swear on the bible as part of a political process, but it is not possible to harbour deceit and simultaneously become a credible leader. They can languish on a private jet, champagne receptions, tropical holidays, offshore bank accounts, diamonds and pearls - but what do these count for, really? What will be their legacy? Steve Jobs final thoughts included ‘These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important’. What will you think as your time to reflect on the whole of your life comes? How will you have spent your time, your days, hours, moments? What value is there if you have pursued greed, what would have been the purpose of your life? I would argue the level of enjoyment one could achieve in pursuit of these goals would reek of superficiality, would be a far cry from any semblance of genuine spirituality and would be fleeting, shallow experiences without foundation. What a waste of time.
There needs to be a shift in thinking about what, and how much of what, we need to get by and how much we have to share with others and support those who do not have enough. Alongside how much value we place on 'stuff' against what has the most value; honesty, trust, support, unselfishness. We need to send more love out to the world, money is not our thing, we don't need an excess of it to be happy. We must educate ourselves, grow food, sew, make, mend, recycle, pool resources, unify, rise up and realise that self-sufficiency is the treasure we need. We must assume a state of abundance - I have enough and when I have more than enough, I will share it. It harms the environment to consume. The attitude of negativity towards people who have less needs to shift to one of praise and positivity. We need to cooperate, be collective, gather in our communities.
Goleman introduced us to a principle of emotional intelligence. Putting yourself in the shoes of another and sensitively trying to support them with a problem is one thing. Working out what the ‘right’ thing to do is quite another. Emotional intelligence can tell us how to approach issues psychologically but to handle something ethically for an individual and with social responsibility takes a little more subjectivity and consideration of circumstances in a more holistic way.
We need to develop ethical intelligence. Where does your power come from, are you holding power over someone? What do you need that power for? We need to support each other to find ways to cope. How can you improve the world? Your world? The world of others? How can you understand other people? Are you listening to what others have told you but also making your own judgements based on truth? Are you being fair on yourself? On others? How are you setting an example? What do you consider when making decisions - your soul, others, the environment or future generations? Are you loving? Are you learning, giving, volunteering, creating, taking notice, being mindful, connecting, forgiving, self-caring, protesting, campaigning and defying stagnation? Innovate your motivation. Turn off the gadgets and read instead. Simplify. There is real truth in the saying ‘Be the change you want to see.’
Do you need some support making some changes? Seek a coach, a counsellor, some holy counsel. Your life is a gift, and something to use for the pursuit of beauty and helping others, not something which could be victimised by powers that threaten to disturb the peace. Are you with me?
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