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“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you”

02/01/2010

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Or alternatively, you don’t have to be a victim.  What am I talking about?  God only knows.  Because I have mulled this one around in my head over the weekend and it really doesn’t want to come out straight.  So I’ll give it a go and we can see where we get to……..are your ready?

You don’t like your job.  You chose it.  There are good bits and bad bits about every job.  You don’t like the bad bits then ask yourself do the good bits outweigh the bad bits?  Does the money justify the shit?  Do the perks justify the grind?

You don’t like your manager?  Fine, you have choices.  You can put up with it, you can move department, move company.  You can front it, talk to your manager and explain.

You have never liked your manager, you think all managers are incompetent?  Have you thought that this might be your problem and not theirs?  Is it likely that everyone you have worked for is incompetent or perhaps are you just never satisfied?  Here is a challenge for you, next time there is a promotion opportunity, put yourself forward.  You go and sit in the big seat for a while.  What’s that?  You don’t want to do the shit they have to deal with?  Interesting………..

Why the hell am I talking about this now?  Well (and this is where things get a little sticky in terms of narrative) it has a lot to do with the Iraq Inquiry in London.  I am no apologist for the war in any sense, but I spent a lot of time listening to the radio on Friday, as I drove to and from the pay negotiations, and quite frankly I am fed up with the bollocks being spouted.

To the mothers of dead servicemen, I am sorry for your loss, I cannot understand your grief, but I empathise.  However, your sons and daughters were paid to fight.  That was their job.  If it were down to me, we wouldn’t have war, but we do.  And unfortunately one of the consequences of war is death.  This may seem harsh, but did you think of the people who your son or daughter killed?  Did you think about their mothers?

To those who blame the war on Tony Blair.  Did you vote?  Did you protest?  Did you engage?  Or did you sit and home and expect the war to be over and done with in a couple of weeks because it was only Iraqis and they aren’t very well-developed are they?  And hey if we get a bit of oil out of it then what the hell…..now where did I put the paper?  And now conveniently lets turn and blame one person.  The big boy did it and ran away…………

And finally to all those who say, “politicians are all the same”.  We live in a democratic society.  Any one of us can engage in politics, anyone of us can join a party, debate, change a party, vote.  Any one of us can stand for parliament.  You get the politics and politicians you deserve.

Shut up the whingeing, stop the navel gazing, stop the hand wringing.  Take a little responsibility in your life.  Take ownership of your life whether it be at home or work or in society .  Stop blaming other people and take the first step to being free and take it today.  Because until you do, you will never, never, be at peace.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. BJH permalink
    02/01/2010 13:36

    Hear, hear! Very well put.

    I’m a firm believer in “put up, or shut up” – and abide by this myself. I hate the people that moan about everything and never do anything to improve things.

  2. Karen (Sayya26) permalink
    02/01/2010 15:08

    Wow that’s quite a rant there. I saw some of the inquiry on CNN myself- it was like something out of a bad war drama movie. Blair was fumbling all over the place and the interrogators asked some questions that made you go “huh?”

    Just as you say the people must take action and responsibility, so should the powers that be though. If you’ve made a mistake then own up to it – although this mistake led to the breakdown of a country and resulted in thousands of deaths on either side….

  3. 02/02/2010 08:29

    @BJH – I couldn’t have put it more succinctly myself!

    @Karen – True, we should own up to our mistakes, but who defines what a mistake is? Personally I would argue that most wars are a mistake, others would argue that Iraq wasn’t a mistake at all. It’s a tough one to call.

  4. Karen (Sayya26) permalink
    02/02/2010 12:27

    Iraq was Bush Jr. finishing Bush Sr’s job…

  5. Ministry of Truth permalink
    02/03/2010 11:27

    “We live in a democratic society. Any one of us can engage in politics, anyone of us can join a party, debate, change a party, vote. Any one of us can stand for parliament. You get the politics and politicians you deserve.” Naive, in the extreme. As someone who has engaged in politics, debated and has been trying to altering a political party as a member for nearly 20 years, it’s not easy. Far less easy than it was 20 years ago. Any one can stand for parliament if they can afford £500 deposit oh and probably to get elected quite a lot of publicity. Then when they are in parliament… That’s before we discuss the role of the civil service, spin doctors, the monarchy, the judiciary, the army, the police.

  6. 02/03/2010 18:49

    @Karen – True, I do not disagree.

    @Ministry of Truth – Maybe that says more about your effectiveness than it does the system? 🙂 So you think all the people sat at home complaining have all tried and failed? That my friend is “naïve in the extreme”. Some talk, others make happen.

    • Ministry of Truth permalink
      02/04/2010 09:17

      Rest assured you cannot have done what I have done over the last twenty years and have any illusions about my own ineffectiveness.

      For sure if everybody was actively involved in politics things would change. That poses the question why everyone isn’t involved in politics? Why are there less political activists now? Why less people are willing to be councillors? Is it because they are all bad, lazy people? Maybe they don’t think they can change things? Over 1 million people demonstrated in London against the War in Iraq. The biggest demonstration ever in this country. Effect – zilch! I was one of those people but having been round the block a few times, unlike many of them, I didn’t expect the demonstration to stop the war. Direct action, strikes, occupations etc. may have been able to stop the war but it takes along time for people to understand the power they have and begin to use it. Those people who demonstrated and many more besides do not have the politics they deserve.

  7. 02/04/2010 10:14

    @Ministry of truth – Last I heard Britain had a population of about 60million. One million people marched, 10 million people voted in the X Factor final. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion on that one.

    • Ministry of Truth permalink
      02/04/2010 10:47

      Yeah okay, there is a bit of an difference in effort required between voting for X Factor or demonstrating.

      Don’t get me wrong I demonstrate a lot, I have been on demos of three people, I don’t watch X Factor, I once voted for the Germans in Eurovision on the phone but I was drunk, it was a good song and I knew that British anti-German feeling would mean it didn’t get enough votes.

      Your argument is however one for dictatorship, how much activity and how many people need to be involved in it before they are able to deserve a decent politics? Do the Iranian workers deserve the brutal dictatorship they have because not enough of them are willing to get on to the streets? Obviously it is much, much easier (not to mention safer) to protest in Britain than Iran but where do you draw the line?

      This is fun but I better go and do some work now!

  8. 02/05/2010 08:42

    @Ministry of Truth – No, my argument is that people should either get off their backsides and do something or shut up moaning. Nothing about dictatorship at all. Read the post again.

  9. 05/10/2010 19:13

    As Messrs Kristofferson/Joplin and co put it “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”!

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