Posts Tagged "hope"

I am lost. Again.

Posted by on 1 Sep 15 in Personal | 0 comments

I am lost. Again. I have dreams and hopes, but as I grow older, these collapse under a tidal wave of “reality”. Things have become unstuck. Nothing is quite so right or wrong anymore. Everything is about nuances, of buts…, and what ifs. There no Hegellian thesis or antithesis – there are no opposites of action. There is only grey: the inbetweens, the patch-up jobs of mistakes that cannot be undone. This is no synthesis. It’s just survival. We cannot raze society and build another on its ashes. There are too many lives at stake, too many issues to be dealt with...

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Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Posted by on 22 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Many contemporary political trends are focussed on the negative. That is, a fight to prevent neoliberal measure. The anti-austerity movement, for example, is focussed on fighting cuts to public services and  welfare – the prevention of worse-than-now. This is an integral fight. The closure of public services is impacting millions across Europe and America, and the end to the welfare state is only going to increase inequality. But this fight is exhausting – and for many, impossible because of the destructive nature of these cuts in the first place. The problem is that we always...

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the time for building

Posted by on 21 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

the time for building

I have a proposal. My proposal is simple. My proposal is that you, dear reader, take 5 minutes, and you dream. I want to you to dream about what kind of world/country/city/neighbourhood (place) you would love to live in, if anything was possible. I want you to dream about how that place would effect everyone around you – the people in your life that really matter. Your friends. Your family. Your work colleagues. Even the person who moved out of the way to make sure you could get your bag through the crowd. The people who created those random acts of kindness that made your life that...

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And then what?

Posted by on 8 Aug 14 in Personal | 0 comments

And then what?

The world is on repeat. A tape being played, rewound and played all over again. It’s become worn with time, the image grainy and obscured. The same game, even the same players. Conversations which go nowhere, inane laughter at inane jokes. You and I are seted on the table, drinking the same pint over and over again, each time getting thirstier, but with nothing to quirst the drought that plagues our souls. I’m seeking water, but finding only beer. It’s an effort to carry on. To see hope for change is harder each time. My heart keeps breaking over the tiniest of things, but...

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Get over your fear. Dare to live!

Posted by on 11 Aug 13 in Personal, Social Justice | 3 comments

Get over your fear. Dare to live!

It’s not easy accepting the truth – or at least the-truth-as-you-see-it-now. My life has always been a bit of a roller coaster, with sudden points of realisation that wash away everything I believed in until then. Like personal paradigm shifts, where I am forced to reconstruct the world from the grassroots up, acknowledging that another assumption has crumbled into dust. In the last few months, that is exactly what has happened to me. From quitting the Green Party to being fired, I have realised that the world I had accepted was far too rigid and accepting of structural injustice....

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