Sunday, October 30, 2011
Gloom and Doom - UN Enlightenment?
The greyness of the British autumnal season coupled with my just learning of the death on Friday of the Jesuit Priest who married mrs maytrees and I (Father Joe Dooley RIP) creates a sombre downbeat feeling.
Moreover the state of religious economic political military and industrial events in the world today do little to dispel the risk of melancholia becoming embedded.
Such feelings are best dispelled by humour but unlike fellow BU blogger Banaby Capel-Dunn whose blog posts are frequently lit up with moments of great humour,
deliberate as distinct from accidental jocularity is alas not on my page in any great way at all.
The main economic and political gloom and doom to the fore at present is Euro driven.
Vast amountsof talking have resulted in vast amounts (trillions of Euros apparently) being
conjured out of nowhere to save Greece and the EU from economic collapse
although the subsequent jetting off to China by a senior Eurocrat looking for a loan suggests that
the Greek debt crisis and the Euroland one, is to be resolved by more borrowing;
whatever happened to the phrase "sub-prime loans crisis", which I had thought was the
cause of the previous global financial meltdown?
The religious affairs scene is no more upbeat here in England. The pointlessness of what is
occurring on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London illustrates this well. Protesting
about globalisation is all very well if the protesters have something better to offer but they don't.
Furthermore many in the UK protest at the size of our tax bills
and the cutting of important public services that we have come to take for granted.
What do the protesters expect would happen if the London Stock Exchange and the banks
shut up shop and moved to say Bejing?
Services like the NHS cost billions in
filthy lucre of any denomination to fund,. It is easy to say that the money for funding should
only come from sources which are beyond reproach. However one (wo)man's area of reproach is
the source of another's daily bread. The very nature of money as a medium of exchange involves
the £1 in my pocket on occasion having come from a reproachful source. The very anonymity of
money means that even the most sensitive of people do not take time throwing coins out of their
purses for fear of it having been put to some tainted use prior to finding its way to me.
The main point I would have thought for the enlightened liberal, is to try to earn his/her crust in
the most beneficial way possible and to work for society too to be enhanced as a result.
There are some activities which are so obviously bad that protesting about them is worthwhile but
can those on the Steps of St Pauls whether canonical gentlemen or liberal protesters, actually give
a coherent account of why the LSE is an enterprise that is best shut down and at the same time
say how the thousands of jobs lost not only at the LSE itself but also at those companies
which raise capital on markets like the LSE would be replaced and how the
cash would be found to pay such price?
I suppose the Arab Spring might be said to be a positive development but at what cost of
human life? Fighting in Libya Afghanistan Iraq or the Balkans has involved so much human
tragedy and greed that the outcomes whatever they are or will be are tainted. Surely
human ingenuity can come up with something likely to be more civilised than war declared
by a few even a remote one controlled
fought from the sky, for resolving major despotism ethnic cleansing greed famine etc.
That 'something' is supposedly the United Nations. If the current state of the finances of
Greece and Euroland warrant summit meetings hand wringing all night debating and now some
European kowtowing to China to try to overcome, could not and should not the world's
finest spend at least the same amount of time and energy in making the UN fit for purpose?
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