Posted on | November 14, 2011 | No Comments
Inspired by the following excerpt from Michael D. Higgins inauguration speech…
“it is necessary to move past the assumptions which have failed us and to work together for such a different set of values as will enable us to build a sustainable social economy and a society which is profoundly ethical and inclusive. A society and a state which will restore trust and confidence at home and act as a worthy symbol of Irishness abroad, inviting relationships of respect and co-operation across the world”
Coupled with a feeling of total disillusionment at the state of our society and of the institutional grouping that held power here, for, in my opinion, way too long. I want to open up this site to outside contributors to help us all build a better Ireland.
Over the last number of years we have seen the fall of many institutions that traditionally took on the role of leadership in this country and gave its people their sense of identity (the church, and Fianna Fáil just to name two) or that worked for that advancement of its members (trade unions), these organisation (and there are others) overtime became obsessed with power for powers sake and began concentrating on their own advancement rather than on that of their members or of society at large. In fact its member where dismissed and then simply ignored as an irrelevance in their pursuit of power, influence and wealth. Rather than they themselves changing they did their utmost to prevent change happening, a pointless task and one that is destined to fail give the fact, that life is change, while being a futile exercise it is one that will and has caused great suffering as a result of this refusal to acknowledge and embrace change, people that felt the need to change or to be different were shunned, and not necessarily because of what it was that they believed in or of their differences but because this state if allowed to go unchecked would pose a threat to the old order and as a result a threat to their rein of power.
It has occurred to me that if we are to change our values and out lives for the better then it will be up to us to do it for ourselves. So with this in mind I am looking for contributions from people with suggestions on what we can do as individuals to improve our own lives and by extension the lives of those we know and love and maybe to affect a positive change to society at large.
It is my belief that the blind pursuit of materials things that we saw during the celtic tiger years is not what’s going to make us happy. As social beings, to feel true happiness we need to feel that we belong, that we matter and that we are contributing to something much greater than ourselves and to something that is of genuine and lasting value.
The pursuit of material gains has brought this great Country of ours to its knees and its people to a depressed state of being. Our politicians seem to think that the solutions to this crisis is to punish us all so that they can return us to that same road to ruin as quickly as possible, they are being driven by blind panic and cannot see the opportunity that has presented itself to us all. The opportunity that I write of, is one that can allow us to rebuild our society, to make one that is better, kinder and happier, a society where all its people are valued for whatever contribution that they can make, a society that values and celebrates our differences and the unique gifts that we all possess rather than one that tries to make us all the same, that tries to make us all one dimensional plastic beings.
We are seeing elected Governments around the world being replaced by none elected committees, in an effort to satisfy the markets. These markets are driven by greed and greed by its nature can never be satisfied. We are being sold out and are being asked (not even asked, but forced) to fund the purchase and to feel grateful for it. Our freedoms are slowly being eroded and we are being driven towards a life of misery and despair, a life spend desperately trying to eke out a living, a life devoid of joy, of friendship, our fellow citizens will be seen as our competitors because they too will be desperately trying to keep themselves alive. It will be a world that will turn its back on the old, the sick and those with special needs; these people will be seen as a drain on what little resources that will be available to us and as such will be forgotten at best or at worst, well it does not bare thinking about it, but history has shown us what can happen. One little set back in life will be a personal disaster one that we may never recover from, if you do not believe me or you think that I’m being melodramatic, I ask you to look at the lives our parents lived and compare it to your own, would you say that your parents had a happier more fulfilling life (not materially but more fulfilling as humans), had they more friend, true friends that we have now? Did they have more interested outside of making money that you see today? Did they do things just for the sheer enjoyment of it or out of a sense of community duty rather that for some monitory gain? Now apply this slip in personal fulfilment over the last generation to the next generation and to the one after that and can you see where it will lead us. This will surely happen unless we as individuals come together and cry stop, it has already begun with the “Occupy” movements around the world I would like to contribute to this movement by opening up this site, if you think what I say makes sense, then I would urge you to contribute, to spread the word to get others to contribute and share. I look for any contributions that you feel will make our lives more meaningful, be it sharing skills that have been lost in the name of progress, to self sufficiency tips, tips on saving the Environment, tips on personal contentment to community belonging, how to do things for ourselves as both individuals and as communities or just visions of what can be. I want to include all people, regardless of nationality, race, personal, religious or political beliefs, our futures are all intertwined now, and therefore the solution be intertwined also.
I have not set up sections on the site yet, I will wait until I get some contributions (if any) to see if they lend themselves naturally to some kind of sectioning, before deciding on sections.
Well that’s it, over to you now, I will of course continue to make contributions but would love to hear from you, and remember together we can make it a Better Ireland.
If not you then who?
If not now then when?
email me your ideas to dave@aBetterIreland.com
PS, I plan on taking my photo and name of the site soon and replace them with something more generic and less egotistical, the site was originally a platform for the last general election, but I now want it to be more a community effort rather than about one individual. Any suggestions?