"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

Let's between us make the world a better place.

Monday, 18 January 2010

The need for a Dunkerque spirit.

The planet is in a bad way - surely few can disagree with that statement. And there are lots of ideas around for the reason why, and for what can be done to help secure a better future for us all. My theme is that we need a return to spirituality - and that the vulnerability and compassion of the Wounded Healer can play a part. Meanwhile years tick by as we crawl inexorably towards a precipice - beyond the point of no return even. Gloomy prognosis? Yes, perhaps, but I am sure it reflects the truth!

But I have often wondered why it seems to take so long for obvious truths to be heeded, and for action to be taken when solutions to problems sometimes seem so clear. Our greed and mass consumerism is surely unsustainable. But what drives us to this? And why does behavioural change often seem so slow, even if we accept that such change is needed. Let's leave it to the next man, we say. why should we be the first to start change?

Some say that as humans we actually need a sense of urgency, a Dunkerque kind of mentality before we will all pull together as a race to save our fellow beings. This may well be so. We all know how easy it is to procrastinate around our less favourite activities, revising for exams for example, until the last possible moment. Sometimes good ideas for change can be buried in cumbersome and unwieldy bureaucracy. Sometimes effective leadership is missing.

Ignorance is often to blame. Obviously, busy individuals do not tend to read books and textbooks outside their own spheres, and specialists do not tend to look beyond their own fields to the wider significance of their knowledge and skill – often having quite enough to do in their own work! Too often it seems that wisdom is then lost within the pages of a book – good ideas do not always convert into positive action - and are never developed further. And even the most respected media will distort facts either by accident or design to grab headline attention.

Am I right? Is there hope?

please let me have some thoughts!

By the way I liked the photo and I guess it has some relevance to the topic!! Any one like to hazard a guess as to where I took it?!

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