Sunday, 25 April 2010

The University of Life...

As I start to compose my latest blog on Sunday post; thousands of participants, runners, joggers and serious athletes will be preparing to take off on the 29th London Marathon, and part of the course runs through my neck of the woods, in a manner of specking that is, roads will be closed, tourists and sight-seers will line the whole route encouraging, cheering them on to that finishing line with great applause.

When I was at school one of the spots activities that we were expected to do on a regular basis was a cross-country run, this never appealed to me in fact any sporting activity was a non-event a no-no that I wasn’t and as they say; going to have naught to do with! Why should I be made to run through the mud in the rain the cold and in the mist of winter; became an issue of rebellion for the young me!

Despite his best efforts the sports master, who was a former Grammar School PE instructor, never prevailed and I along with others were able to out manoeuvre him every time using all the tricks at our disposal such as forging letters from our parents, faking illness or playing truant when push came to shove, as it did when he entered me on the schools sports-day into the steeplechase a race of 3000 meters over a closed track with hurdles and a water jump, back then I thought that a steeplechase was better suited as a horse race, run over a cruel tortures and obstructed course, but it never beckoned me and I took the necessary steps to swerve from it’s watery delights.

The loneliness of the long distant runner has never been my approach in life, and neither has comporting competition.

I have always felt and from my own experiences of school life, that we are forced to compete against others, that somehow they tell us that competition and competitiveness is a good thing, that rules, regulation and laws make commonsense, do they? I don’t think so. I didn’t then and I don’t now!

That schoolmaster had a very bad habit, when he felt that a pupil needed disciplining he would reach for a size 12 plimsoll with its rubber sole and use it, of course this was back in the day when this sort of corporal punishment was permitted and when every teacher had a cane to stick us with as we used to call it, other example’s that come flooding back are of the woodwork teacher that used a metal ruler on the back of the legs or the swimming instructor who used a divers flipper to dish it out.

If experience be the teacher, then these are some of mine, and I remember socialist steelworkers telling me as a young man that to them the workshop floor was the University of Life.

The one thing about the London Marathon that none can abnegate, is that all the runners run together, many for charity and good courses that help out others in need, in a great many respects I think that’s how life and our relationship with one another in this our world should be, helping out our neighbours, not just next-door but on the other side of the world.

What we need is less of the rules that are imposed by the ruling class and their puppets in world governments, holding together their system of profit, which has only ever been for the benefit of the few, just one look at the Sunday Times rich list tells us that; the collective wealth of the country's 1,000 richest people rose by a staggering 30% last year and in the backwash of the worst economic crisis for many a decade to full upon the world workers, who create all wealth in the first place.

We need to not only ask ourselves, but all those around us, our families, our workmates and our friends, just one question; do you really think that voting for any of the Muppet's in the British general election will change a thing; and that will lead us to the next question what can we do about it?

A world for workers!
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3 comments:

Chris H said...

Whenever I read charity I always think of Attlee's view that private charity is never enough and that massive income distribution by the state is the best way.

Is this election going to offer any change? No. And the question is right, what are we to do about it?

Norbert said...

Hi Chris,

Charity is a horrible world and needs to be made redundant, but that won't happen in this world.

Interesting what you say about Attlee, I didn't know that so thanks and I'm going to look at state income distribution in a post latter after the election.

"What are to do about it?"

This needs more exploration, and here again I'm going to open that up after the election. But in the meantime I think that the many socialist blogs have made a start in the development of new ideas they have opened up a new highway working for real change, but as ever the road is a long one!

Chris H said...

From Attlee's book "The Social Worker":

'Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim'........

'In a civilised community, although it may be composed of self-reliant individuals, there will be some persons who will be unable at some period of their lives to look after themselves, and the question of what is to happen to them may be solved in three ways - they may be neglected, they may be cared for by the organised community as of right, or they may be left to the goodwill of individuals in the community. The first way is intolerable, and as for the third: Charity is only possible without loss of dignity between equals. A right established by law, such as that to an old age pension, is less galling than an allowance made by a rich man to a poor one, dependent on his view of the recipient’s character, and terminable at his caprice'.[3]

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