Rosie's Brexit Diary
26 December 2018
Treating people as humans
The Queen’s Christmas message, for me, resonated strongly into today’s distressing situation. A lot of the power of her words came from the way in which she spoke, but here is the important extract:
“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognise some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil. Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism.
“But through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.
“In April, the Commonwealth Heads of Government met in London. My father welcomed just eight countries to the first such meeting in 1948. Now the Commonwealth includes 53 countries with 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population.
“Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.
“Indeed, the Commonwealth Games, held this year on Australia’s Gold Coast, are known universally as the Friendly Games because of their emphasis on goodwill and mutual respect.”
Picking out a few points:
(1) “Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognise some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil”
To recognise the truth, that humans are capable of terrible wrongs - and that no human society can come close to perfect. That we need societies to remain strong in order to control criminal activity. We need to remain alert to downright evil. You cannot expect to dismantle systems of authority and justice and find people sitting around singing Cum-by-Yah. It just won’t happen. Political Correctness seems to tell us that if we can iron out ‘racism, sexism and unfairness’ everything in life will be wonderful and cosy and everyone will be friends. Not so. Human nature is not like that.
(2) “Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world.”
I agree. It is friendship and common bonds that tend to a better world. All the legislation in the world, the hate laws, the human rights lawyers, the aims to create fairness and equality - these will all backfire without affection and desire for a better world. Hate laws merely create hatred.
(3) “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person ... as a fellow human being.”
This goes to the heart of everything.
The drive to label people with an Identity takes away their humanity.
A recent craze is to talk of “self identification” - and a person can identify as male or female or black or white or whatever they fancy .... but in doing so they lose their own individual personness. The person vanishes and they become a Label instead.
It should be “I am Rosie (or whatever your name is) and I happen to be female and 56 and I have blotchy pink skin - and these things are descriptions and characteristics, but they do not define me as a person”
It is an essential characteristic of socialist (left wing) thought to lump people into categories (or identities) and thus remove the fact that they are a human being. The categories might be “working, middle or upper class” or they might be based upon religion or upon skin tone or upon sex (now termed gender) or sexual preferences. But they all assume that the people think the same way as the group, that the category is the most important thing - and then classes are set one against the other ..... and then, sooner or later, violence begins.
The labels and the categories and groupings, they all have some basis in life, but, instead of looking for solutions to problems the trouble-makers exploit the problems for their own ends. Meanwhile those who should speak up (or act on the problems) do not and so the genuine problems grow ever more difficult to resolve.
Personally I have not seen aggressive language from Leave supporters that comes close to that of the Remainers. I have not seen comments from Leave supporters even to strangers to match what my Remain-supporting friends have said to me. Here is one from the comments pages at the Daily Telegraph:
ChSg 24 Dec 2018 1:16AM
She's wasting her time on that one [the request to put aside differences], there's no chance of people like the DUP, or the ERG lot ever putting aside their deeply held views, the only way of dealing with that sort is to hammer them until they are wiped out.
Overall, the Queen’s Christmas message felt like strong support for Brexit. Daily Telegraph Readers certainly thought so.
HM as loud and clear: BREXIT must not be stopped.
HUGE emphasis on our commonwealth and how it dwarfs the EU in terms of population, size and growth potential. Not a word or even suggestion favouring the EU.
She was loud and clear about where Britain's future lies. Also clear about the positive benefits of Christianity.
Wonderful to have all the family gathered to hear Her Maj speech. Even though some are full on remainers, even they agreed with her message that they must accept the result and get over it, rejoice and work to make the UK great again outside of the EU.
I'm glad she's told remainers to stop their tribalism, it really is tearing the country part. Accept the democratic result and stop turning the UK into a laughing stock.