To all of you who have made this blog what I hoped it might be:
– a place where people think, question and converse in a community of their own making,
– where rancour and rudeness are not accepted,
– and where people know they can ask for help and offer it in the knowledge that they will not be derided. Thank You.
We all want and hope to make a better society than the one from which we all feel increasingly estranged . And the first proof that we have what it takes to do so, is the quality of what we have already made between us.
My heroes are the ordinary men and women of these small islands who, 400 years ago in the English Revolution, first talked of building a fairer, better world for all. The Diggers and Levellers, the Quakers and Non-Conformists, and the far greater number of those who had no group at all, but found something burning and inextinguishable had woken inside them. Something they did not have words enough to express, but which they knew could remake who they were then and who their children would aspire to be thereafter.
Those people, ordinary like us, looked around at the creaking oppression they had been born into and said, “We are better than this.” And so are we.
We are better than the vicious cowards who bully and bark at us. We are better than they tell us we can be. We can make a better world for our children and for theirs.
We are better than this.