Slow down!

Why does everyone want something now? Or yesterday? What is wrong with waiting? Have we forgotten how to wait? Have we no time for delayed gratification?

So where do they pass me? They pass me in their car. They pass me at work. They pass me in the street. They pass me in the supermarket. They pass me in conversation. They pass me in their thinking.

No time for strangers to become acquainted. No time for eye contact. No time to smile.

So why wait? Why take it easy? Well, you can sense more, see more, hear more, feel more, taste more, enjoy more. Why rush from start to finish when there is so much to experience along the way?

So enjoy the ride. Enjoy the journey. Take in the view, breathe in the air and feel your own existence. For destinations and objectives eventually yield to new journeys, new riches, new vistas, new people and renewal. Life is a journey to be enjoyed and lived to the full. We are not machines. We are not slaves to technology.

If we are reduced to goals and objectives, our humanity, compassion and vitality is lost. We are more than machines. We are more than disposable human resources. Let us enjoy who we are and in our own good time.

Time may wait for no man…but man must know the virtue of patience.


Globalisation and Migration

An interesting article written in the Guardian and shared by a senior Liberal Democrat minister who I follow.

So this is my take:

Immigration policy as it is curiously referred to, is starting to look like Alf Garnett’s work, surely a sign that the ruling party has lost credibility, not that I’m sure it had much to start with. For a country built on trade, it is difficult to comprehend how this policy will instil economic growth given Britain’s position as a powerful, sophisticated, globalised, industrialised and market-driven trading power. My general understanding is that in a competitive market, countries like Britain benefit from fluidity and availability in skilled/accessible/affordable labour, the very premise of the Single European Market.

So why is it when times are tough, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are scapegoated? Could it be that there is no plan for growth? Could it be that the ruling party benefits from a divide and rule approach, pitting working man against working man? Could it be this distracts voters from the real issues like affordable housing to name but one? Sadly, the debate re immigration is like Europe. Much of the newspaper media seems to embody the grumpy old man whose glass is half full, discounting or deriding the positive economic (and cultural) benefits from immigration, be it ‘controlled’, ‘uncontrolled’ or somewhere in between.

The article author absolutely nails it home when he reminds us that “the fewer migrants we have here, the harder it is to find carers and to fund old age”, something that prompted the English Community Care Association to raise similar concerns when the immigration cap was first introduced. It would seem that as a society, we have been so busy making money and looking after ‘consumers’, we have forgotten how to make enough babies and look after our own families.