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Just started today.
I do agree about kinship and the difference between ‘we’ societies and I societies. We moved much further into being an I society during and after Thatcher. Culturally its becoming more and more about individual success at the expense of others (few very rich people). I think we have forgotten that in the grand scheme of human evolution living well (without illness and with enough) is a relatively new concept and is fragile. For many of us, the welfare state has been the background of our lives without having to think much about it. Alcoholism was rife for the lower classes in the Victorian era as a way of getting through the day – now Alcoholism is back, with many more functional alcoholics as a way of coping with stress. Both were about self medication.
I’m wondering if re-connection and valuing is intevitably about changing the conversation. The arguments about how effective or not, too many mangaer (less than any other comparable industry) – unless we can talk about it without judgement and without defensiveness then we won’t be able to move forward until the crisis point forces change. And then that will be change that won’t be a ‘kinship’ type discussion about what is best for society (and the economy as a whole). It will be change driven by a political ideology (neoliberalism vs everything else).