Sunday, 25 April 2010
The University of Life...
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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