Interesting times. At the time of writing, 5 March 2018, it seems that the Italian election has resulted in success for a number of political parties with anti EU / establishment views. Confirms the wave of anti-establishment feelings that are currently washing across the world. Think 45 in the US, Brexit in the UK and now we have the election result in Italy. There are others, think of France, Hungary for example. Frustration with so many things, some valid, others not.
And yet, and yet… the decency of the everyday person comes through in times of tragedy or challenge. Think back to 9/11 and the queues of people waiting to give blood. Think of the bravery of so many people helping others post the obscene bombing in Manchester in 2017. Think of the bravery of the paramedics during the equally obscene events that have been happening in US schools and elsewhere. So many dying, so many wounded and damaged and not only physically, the scars, the trauma, lasting a lifetime for all those involved. As one trauma surgeon put it, ‘In mass shootings, there are no unwounded victims.’ And yet, and yet… people continue to help others, sometimes at great risk to themselves.
On a more local level. During the recent extreme weather we’ve experienced here in Edinburgh, I’ve seen folk contacting neighbours to check that they’re okay; did they want any shopping done? Clearing the footpaths for neighbours; walking for hours through snow and sleet to get to work so they could undertake a cancer surgery. So caring. So compassionate. So many. So typical.
So, if there is innate decency and humanity throughout the world, why is there this, almost visceral, hatred of the current status quo? Something to do with a feeling of unfairness perhaps? A frustration at seeing powerful elites getting away with so much? Perhaps seeing those responsible for the current political and economic environments continue on their merry way without a care and no social conscience? The media praising of wannabe celebs? The dumbing down of debate and merely casting insults? Those disagreeing with you not an opponent but an enemy, (I wrote about this in a previous blog.)
There is so much frustration in this world. It’s there, it’s cerebral, it’s emotional, it’s powerful. Seriously powerful. And yet, and yet… the elites continue to ignore it. Or even worse, as we’re seeing now, playing on it and using it for their own political and economic purposes. Just like ticks, if you think about it. It can lead to demagoguery, (which carries a heavy burden of history), and if not addressed, the result is too horrible to contemplate.
Therefore, let us toast the humanity in us all and see these Ticks for what they are. Challenge everything they stand for, loudly, very loudly, and where it applies, vote them out.
J J Mitchell
‘Never leave anyone behind’