Where do we go from here?

It would be a pointless exercise to list or discuss the divisions that currently exist within our society, there are too many, we could be here all day.
It will come as no surprise to most people our traditional systems are faltering and being questioned, in some cases, they are considered to be beyond repair and can’t be revived.

Our reality is we are in the middle of a period of change which appears to be unstoppable and we have to put heads together how we intend to live in the future.

The growing viewpoint of idealists amongst us suggests we scrap or throw out most of how we operate and invent a new set of principles more fitting of our current environment and thinking.

It may be a fair point except some change cannot be delivered overnight. I would liken it to mining a quarry for twenty years extracting its contents then believing it can be reclaimed and filled in a matter of weeks. Hence this is partly why we are experiencing such division.

The erosion of trust between the various combatants seems to be almost terminal and realistically in the short term shows no prospect of being resolved in fact the shrill cry from each side drowns any real discussion or rational debate.

As we run down the clock to the year 2023, when the Baby Boomer generation will move aside to accommodate the transition to a new era, it is highly unlikely any consensus will be achieved, the gap that exists it just too wide.
In which case our time should be better employed in exploring what sort of realistic platform can be achieved, it might be hard to comprehend for some members of our society but the need for us to evolve into a better version of who we currently are.

As the quotation goes “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” It is surely narrow-minded to think we can’t learn from the mistakes that today are causing such angst .

There is ample evidence that through time our continued economic success including technological advances have made sections of our community relatively comfortable but have failed to create a more caring and balanced society promoting avarice and personal greed.

The growing chorus to develop a fairer society is becoming louder which is exciting but comes with a clear warning we cannot ignore the fact we need to establish how we can match the rather high expectations of the population, something the idealists refuse to acknowledge.

The current wisdom is that we need to nurture a new breed of leaders equipped with a more balanced skillset with an emphasis on the understanding of human behaviour and emotion, something I think that has been absent in educational teaching in recent years.

Although I support this strategy there are bigger issues that have t to be faced, the loss of creditability of management and leadership generally as a whole is still a stigma regarding the destruction of trust which was created by the events of 2008 (G.F.C.). Much ground has to be rewon if we are to hold on to any hope of its rebirth.
Given the complexities that confront us today, it may be difficult to envision a time when division amongst us is less of a serious issue.

It is a mistake to believe this is just about leaders, this involves everybody who makes up our communities wherever they may be.

The question we have to ask ourselves “Are we brave enough to face the fact we need to be nicer to each other, opening our hearts, listening to other points of view and displaying compassion”.
This is a mammoth undertaking given where we sit at the moment perhaps a pipedream but our decision making will determine if this can be a reality
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I sincerely hope we can achieve some progress in the coming years.

Ken Wood
People Specialist