There are good and bad people in all roles. Some structures – some institutions – predispose more people to the bad or, indeed, to the good.
But doing and being and seeing – and seeking out – the good is a personal choice. A flip, if you like. Like when you’ve been bullied as a child by your parents – and you either decide, when you become a parent yourself, to do the same to your own children – or radically the opposite.
That flip is so important.
And that flip can be flipped, too. I mean by this that the environment can be designed to make an individual go one way or the other.
Why would anyone want to?
Because whilst history is important – its grand march and sweep, that is – individuals are just as key to its direction. Neoliberalism learnt this a long time ago: the impact of an injection of resources by a particular individual at a specific moment in an electoral process, for example. And not only by: also, for.
Democracy is won and lost by people: not so much the voters – though more recently voters too are reaching out, organising themselves, peer-to-peer in incredibly hopeful ways – but by the grand leaders who can gather around them, like shepherd and flock, the futures we all aspire to: via the pen – where not the pen!
What we say and do with our words, our language, our beings and our seeings, is so terribly important. History is so broad in its brushstrokes but we – as persons, as individuals, as thinkers, as believers – also do make a huge difference to the progress our societies may kickstart, given just half a chance.
So. To the point of this post today. A New Year’s resolution I promise to keep. Never shall I write about anyone in the future if it is not – with clear evidence to hand – to document a past ill and, if possible, prevent a future one from taking place.
Vengeful never shall I be again.
To evidence the crimes I see happening around me – generally unseen by the majority and generally a criminality our societies have no tools to chase – is, however, I think, a worthy reason to continue writing.
Let’s say from now on, then.