is the 1st of eight in my 2021 series of Winter Warmers. The musings are a blend of my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.
Legendary Scottish comedian, Chic Murray, told the gag of being on a bus which ran out of control down a steep hill and crashed into a wall at the bottom. In the aftermath of the impact he turned to a dazed passenger beside him and punched him on the nose. “Why did you do that?” asked another bewildered traveller. “Too good a chance to miss!” cracked Chic.
It is not difficult to see the real life similarity between that situation and the way the ruling elites of society operate. Any 'bus crash' in society presents a power grab opportunity too good for them to miss. But, unlike Chic, they don't stop at one punch. They pummel their victims relentlessly. And, once they sieze control, they don't give it back. Despite glibly worded assurances to the contrary, they do not relinquish 'temporary' powers awarded to themselves in exceptional times but continue to prosecute the populace ongoing in the name of 'for your own good'. Thus does the erosion of personal freedom and civil liberty creep, nay race, forward.
So what can you, a lone voice in a loud world, do to right things? Well, as other Scottish comic legend Billy Connolly famously said, “Don't vote for them, it only encourages them!” He felt that anyone who actively pursues high office should be automatically barred from holding it. He had a point. Those who seek power are rarely those best suited to wielding it. By that measure, all career politicians should be dismissed. Ordinary citizens chosen by their fellows for their integrity and known commitment to the community offer a better prospect. But how to get there? Well, start with yourself!
There are two things you can do right now. The first is to get out in your street, your neighbourhood, your town and, without any political objective (that is essential), set about helping others in whatever ways you can. Become known as an enthusiastic, energetic, concerned and caring individual. Encourage good humour, optimism and personal responsibility. Others like you will combine to create a thriving community built on trust and mutual respect. From within your ranks, leaders of compassion and commitment will emerge.
The second move is – become self-employed! Put yourself in the position of being in sole control of your life and the prosperity in it. Learn what it is to be your own man/woman. From that perspective you will see how energising it is to be independent and creating your own destiny. As a self-employee you will understand more clearly the corrupt practices and wastefulness of the career-politician led governments of the political elites. You will thus become more motivated to resist their tyranny. The more who self-employ then the greater the pressure that can be exerted on the bent system. It is up to you. Appreciate the responsibilities which come with self-employment and capitalise on the freedom of your new situation to bring about change.
One final point – When you set up your enterprise, establish a 'real world' one, a bricks and mortar business. That is not to say you should ignore the internet or modern technology. But many people flooding to work online involve themselves in what are nothing more than pyramid schemes and money cyclers. These neither create wealth nor promote real goods or services. There is no future in them. Use the internet, automated intelligence particularly, by all means, but as the servant and tools of your enterprise.
Then you can build a business of genuine value to your clients, customers and the community at large. One which does not capitalise on 'bus crash' scenarios to coerce people into adherence but rather which thrives on its own merits, with a reputation for providing ethical value and encouraging freedom of thought and spirit. Put simply, make what you offer … too good a chance to miss!
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.
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