I got told I was a commie the other day. Sadly this is not true at all. I am a realist and am fully aware the human race is not ready for a utopian system. Orwell’s vision of all people are equal but some more equal than others still holds.
Greed, power and recognition are still the driving motivators for society and individuals. People are often by their nature jealous of others. It takes an extremely special person to live in any form of utopia, far more selfless a human than me.
We all like to feel a little more worth than our neighbours.
Socialism as I define it is not some theory that cannot work, it addresses the recognition of hard work, it also provides fairness and equality of opportunity. A consultant will still earn more than a junior doctor. But in my world there are no billionaires and money is not a commodity valued more than human life.
I am not a Marxist nor a Lenin (or even Lennon) supporter. I think and learn by my life experience. I don’t care if you can quote the communist manifesto or even the other extreme, Mien Kampfe, all I want is a country where it doesn’t matter who your folks are/were, if you have wealth doesn’t mean you can control others lives, and a society where people are not disposable, where there are safety nets for people who have poor health, who are vulnerable, who currently are shunned, ignored and left behind.
I want a country where a uniform does not demand respect, rather those wearing it earn it. As many do. Where people, all people are accountable, and crimes against children are once again recognised as needing investigation and upon conviction severe penalty.
Hate has no place in my world, discrimination due to race, colour, religious or spiritual belief, gender, ability, sexuality of even whether a person is young, old, fat or thin has no bearing upon their worth or value to me. The only ways I judge another is through morality, ethics, kindness and actions. I other words their humanity.
I want the country and world to be as I believed it to be as a child.