In 1774, Samuel Johnson published The Patriot, a critique of what he viewed as false patriotism. On the evening of 7 April 1775, he made the famous statement, Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
I find this statement so very true. I got inspired to remember this by the political tirades following the sentencing of the man who murdered Jo Cox.
The tirades are such bollocks. Along with the tirades against people who support things like Britain First, Trump and the situation in France. None of the politicians or newsreaders go anywhere near the roots of the problem. They talk of â€œallowingâ€ people to hate. Allow? How the hell do you stop someone? What a crassly stupid thing to even think of let alone mouth on about. Why are people afraid? Afraid of anything that is â€œnot-themâ€, they try desperately to hold onto the little they believe they have. They see everything not-them as a threat. Why is this?
Underneath our skins we all know that world resources â€“ including very simple things like water and even air â€“ are dwindling at such a furious rate. Apparently an area of wild land the size of a football pitch disappears from South America every ten seconds or something! That loss, every however-many seconds, means less oxygen and less water â€¦ but how many people know that?
But, underneath our defensive outer skins we all do know that.
Itâ€™s this fear that drives people.
And what the hell can anyone, politician or newsreader, do about that ???