Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vision vs Politics?

Amazing Worlds - art by Anne VisIs it possible to find a politician with an inspiring vision?
This upcoming Dutch election there is a
new spiritual party, and indeed: there is a vision.
One of the obstacles in realizing this vision, is that it is vague, there are not enough good candidates and we have to work with what other countries are doing. And it is very hard to translate a vision of love into a reality where people attack others (as we saw happen again yesterday with the brutal pirate attack on an aid (!) ship for Gaza).

For a vision to work, it has to relate to something in people's daily life that they would really like to see different. And there has to be clarity in what kind of change would effectively accomplish that.
A while back Geert Wilders hit on something that apparently struck a chord with a lot of people. I know he is demonized everywhere, but let's just look at what is actually happening here. His biggest issue is the immigration (also see post on
scarf tax).
As I see it, there are two main issues underneath that really need to be addressed and are not found in the public discussions:
The first is the
overpopulation: there are simply too many people in this country (read: world). Not only does this affect the resources, but it also creates too much pollution and aggression. As most of the population growth here is from immigration, people simply see immigrants as the cause, which is only in part true.
None of the political parties truly addresses this issue in a broad sense, so maybe we need to invite
Sir David Attenborough for a lecture ...
The second big issue is our focus: we assume that we need to have economic growth. (here is where the spiritual party comes in)
In both causes the media play a foul role. They keep telling us the same myths over and over again, with as a result that everyone is panicking that economic growth slows and we get gray hair ...

Yes, we do get gray hair, and maybe that is not such a big deal at all. :-)
If we change our mentality (and some laws) and people over the age of 35 would still be considered acceptable candidates for jobs, these people that are now on social security, would still play a role in society. And they would take care of each other in a society that is more relaxed (no treadmills any more to reach economic goals!).
The issue of underpaying the people who do the real jobs will also need to be addressed in this model, because currently companies who want to enhance the economic growth do not pay enough to get local people to do the job: hence the call for cheap foreign workers who then get abused ... The recent strike of garbage workers illustrated how difficult it is for them to get a few more dimes, in stark contrast to the bank gangster who easily fill their pockets.
Oh, and did anybody mention that we might be better off demanding the money back from these bank people instead of having innocent citizens have to pay for the theft?

So back to our political reality.
The fight is over the mortgage tax-cuts.
It does not look like there is much hope for this country.
Hmmm ... wasn't it HOPE that got Obama in office ... ?
Politicians, think again!

2 comments:

Anne Vis said...

Voor mensen die de cijfers willen die Cohen ons liever niet vertelt:
http://www.os.amsterdam.nl/pdf/2009_kerncijfers_amsterdam.pdf

Sandy said...

Your images are so beautiful. I need to come back and read when I had some free time.