A couple of days ago I posted on the subject of money and how those who use it to define everything appear now to want to impose their criteria on everyone else. Today, I am minded to recall the thesis of that post as I finish an afternoon stint reading a good Kindle book on my wife’s sunbed out in the garden.
This gentle hour or so in a much improved Spanish afternoon – yesterday was unbearably bochornoso and hit 37 degrees – created in my being such an utter sense of wellbeing that I really couldn’t help feeling: “Why isn’t this kind of experience available to all?”
Can it really be beyond our sophisticated and technologically analytical age to develop the kind of society where such simple freedoms are – realistically – available to all?
Why shouldn’t more of us be able to enjoy such wellbeing?
Why can’t we use money to maximise humanity’s happiness – instead of concentrating it in wells of pitiful limitation?
Why are those in power pushing us towards competing with each other more and more – instead of encouraging us to work together to common interests?
Why in a world where competition is the name of the game – and, thus, where plurality should be a guiding factor – does difference become a potential indicator of shame and suspicious behaviour, and homogeneity the only globalisingly accepted virtue?
Why have we allowed the concept of the free market to become distorted by those who use their monetary wealth to corrupt for their own benefit the appreciable tenets of competition and diversity?
And when will all the above finally cease?
Footnote to this piece: sadly, Dave Semple, over at Though Cowards Flinch, has formerly announced he will no longer be blogging. I’m inclined to believe that many of the questions I ask above have their answers in his considerable writings over the years. He feels that blogging has had little effect. I think his kind of blogging will continue to resonate for a long time.
I posted a comment at the foot of his piece and republish it below as a kind of manifesto in favour of keeping faith with the blogosphere – or, at least, as thinking people might wish to continue to conceptualise it: