Friday, 16 January 2015

Crazy Idea 33 - Accept responsibility for our lives

If you're reading this blog it's likely you'll be an adult. In theory, being an adult means we are responsible for our lives.

In theory...

In practice, many adults abdicate responsibility. To a greater or lesser degree, many possibly never even realise they could or should be responsible for their actions.

Throughout this series on fixing the economy I hold the government responsible for decisions that will affect us all. Their decisions will affect whether our taxes rise or fall, whether as a country we pay off our debt or continue hemorrhaging money in interest payments. But fixing the economy will be impossible if we as adults in society are unable to accept responsibility for our actions.

[Movie spoilers will follow!]

This week I finally watched the movie: Lucy (A). Ever since I saw the trailer I've been looking forward to it as it seemed to echo one of my all time favourite movies: Limitless (B). A film that also proposes that we as humans are capable of far more than we realise, if only we could untap all our brains are capable of.

Visually, Lucy as a film is extremely beautiful. Mixing views of cell division with galaxy formation and animals hunting each other alongside a visual representation of what it might look like if someone could manipulate matter and energy.

Growing up is hard to do. As Lucy states, she can remember the feeling of her bones growing: the pain it caused. But physical pain is not the only cost of growing up.

I made a decision to take on a new career in 2004. By 2008 I was frustrated with the slow progress I was making. I'd bought into the idea that if I worked for a company that my skills and experience would be recognised and rewarded and that promotion was the logical conclusion.

My skills and experience were rewarded but not at the pace I wanted. I had a difficult discussion with my then boss where I was faced with the fact that if I wanted to progress my career, I had to make it happen. No-one was going to do it for me.

It took me some months to fully come to terms with the reality, but once I did, I was liberated. If I am not dependent on someone else to improve my life, if I am responsible for improving my life - then I can act to improve my life.

And I did.

That and similar experiences inspired me to set a series of goals, to challenge myself to achieve, to improve, to better myself.

My worldview has changed over the last decade. I used to believe that government existed to provide for people. That a safety net existed including benefits, the NHS and ultimately a government backed pension.

I believed this in spite of of early experiences which challenged this worldview: the theft of my work pension when I was a teenager; discussions around saving for a pension which opened my eyes to the costs and the reality I may never be able to afford a personal pension.

I will take what is offered to me. As a family we benefit from Child Benefit. We used to receive Tax Credits. If someone is offering me something that will benefit us, I'll consider it. But I no longer think such support is guaranteed.

Worldview is vital when talking about responsibility. Arguments I've used up till now and ones I'm yet to make all rest on a worldview that we as adults are responsible for our actions. That there will be consequences for our actions and that if we want to avoid those consequences, we need to change our actions before it is too late.

More than this though, my worldview is that I should not seek to depend on the government to support me.

There is a generally accepted view that many of the things we do, or don't do, all contribute to our health. Exercise, eating habits, what we drink, drugs we take... All these things and more contribute to our health or to our ill health.

Obesity, liver and kidney failure, scurvy... These and many other problems that eat up NHS spending are all preventable. It is possible that many health problems could be prevented - saving us billions - if only we all took responsibility more seriously.

This morning the BBC reported on a University of Cambridge study where 'researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight.' (C) The recommendation? That we all need at least '20 minutes of brisk walking a day.' Is that too much responsibility for each of us to bear?

We cannot all afford to set aside the hundreds of pounds a month that would be required to save for a healthy retirement fund but many of us are not saving anything, despite having disposable income.

Saving just £10 a week from the ages of 20 to 60 can leave you with a £40,000 retirement fund. (assuming you can get a 3% return) If you were to increase the weekly amount saved by one pound each year you more than double your saving to £100,000!

If every taxpayer in the UK was to save in this way we would have a combined pension pot of over £3 Trillion... (D) Compare that to our pensions black hole (E) or combined National (F) and Personal Debt (G) of just under £3 Trillion...


Of course, many tax payers have no disposable income which is why we need full employment (H) and a Living Wage. (I) It's also worth noting that inflation is likely to reduce the value of any retirement fund you manage to save...

Quite early on in her personal evolution, Lucy realises she doesn't know what to do with her increasing knowledge. A challenge is set, will she accept responsibility for the gift she has been given?

Each of us has a similar challenge. Our circumstances do not need to define us. Limitations we face can be overcome. Will we have or will we be?

By accepting responsibility for our health, for our savings, for our lives, we could radically transform our economy and our lives.


Do post your own crazy ideas or feedback on mine in the comments below and sign up to my mailing list below to be notified of future posts.

Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

As I wrote at the start, I am making my 100 crazy ideas freely available. It seems unjust to propose ideas to fix the economy and then prevent people from freely reading those ideas. 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy will be published once the craziness is complete.

I can be found on Twitter: @my100goals or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals. There's a short bio here.


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References: 

(A; IMDB; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872732/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

(B; IMDB; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219289/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

(C; BBC; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30812439)

(D; GOV.UK; https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/number-of-individual-income-taxpayers-by-marginal-rate-gender-and-age)

(E; This Is Money; http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-2055579/Government-officials-mull-plans-plug-1-3trillion-public-pensions-black-hole-new-fund.html)

(F; My 100 Goals; http://my100goals.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/crazy-idea-1-be-honest-about-amount-of.html)

(G; My 100 Goals; http://my100goals.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/crazy-idea-28-cut-up-your-credit-cards.html)

(H; My 100 Goals; http://my100goals.blogspot.com/2014/12/crazy-idea-16-create-full-employment.html)

(I; My 100 Goals; http://my100goals.blogspot.com/2014/12/crazy-idea-17-legislate-to-bring-about.html)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Flood and Fire

We were out over the weekend and came back to find the front of our house flooded again. A short burst of torrential rain and the drains were unable to cope:


A couple of years ago many parts of Cumbernauld were flooded during a freak rain storm, our house included. The council did clear the drains afterwards and that helped but did not stop flooding completely.

Our neighbour was out digging a trench and I hurried to join him. Tree roots were hindering him and I took an axe and saw with me. After two minutes I was covered in mud as I'd attempted to chop at roots which were under water. (Friendly advice: use a saw if trying to cut a root that's under water!)

It took several hours but we dug a trench on the common land which allowed the worst of the water to drain down the hill.


The picture below shows the view from our side of the fence after the water had cleared. The slope down to our houses runs down to the fence and on the other side is land of uncertain ownership - possibly owned by North Lanarkshire Council.

The land rises to a full 12 inches higher than the lowest point of the courtyard outside our house and an inch or so above the point where water can start to flood through our door.


The experience reminded me of the need to clarify who owns the land; gain planning permission to install a suitable field drain; and chase the council up to clear the drains again.

Not how I'd planned to spend part of my weekend but life throws curve balls...

Like this morning. I'd arranged to meet someone at 10 AM. I turned up on time but as I drove into the car park underneath Cumbernauld town centre, I saw dark smoke billowing from a car.

I stopped, checked no-one was in it then called 999.  Some other men came over and found a fire extinguisher but the fire appeared to be underneath and inside the engine.


I was now late, but could hear the fire engine on the way. I had to move my car out of the way and left the men who were able to direct the fire engine when it arrived. It was clear the car was going to be a right off:


Not good for the owner...

I had committed to posting one crazy idea to fix the economy every day, but as it is taking me longer to research the posts I'm struggling to meet this commitment. I only managed two last week and am conscious that I'd made a previous commitment last year to spend more time with my family. I keep getting too caught up in the writing.

I'm currently between contracts and if I'm able to, I will post daily but as a minimum I will scale back to one post a week from now on.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Crazy Idea 32 - Join a political party

I knew my last post [Trigger Warning: discusses abortion. This post also discusses abortion and the brutal murder of 12 journalists who worked for Charlie Hebdo] would be controversial. I hadn't realised how much. My wife came home yesterday talking about how it was okay so long as no-one came to our house with machine guns. (CI032A)

I had no idea what she was talking about.

It didn't take long to find out. The BBC leader stating: "Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack." (CI032B)

What has this to do with joining a political party? Or fixing the economy for that matter?

Censorship.

With hundreds of people reposting images like this quote, apparently misattributed to Voltaire, censorship is once again hot news:


I know very little about Voltaire so quickly Googled the quote. It didn't take long to see many people questioning whether Voltaire said/wrote this.

Reddit (CI032C) as a thread directing to Wikiquotes (CI032D) who attribute the quote to a modification of a statement by Kevin Alfred Strom: "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?" (CI032E)

It seems unlikely that most people posting the image above would feel as comfortable doing so if they had read Strom's lecture at the link above.

Should Strom be censored? Should Charlie Hebdo?

The journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were censored in the most brutal fashion.

Have you seen the Hunger Games Catching Fire?


 (CI032F)

The brutal censorship employed in this fictional world is not a fiction. There are countries round the world where this happens on a daily basis. In France, yesterday, those who worked at Charlie Hebdo found out this censorship is a daily risk.

No-one has made a death threat against me but this week I was again censored. I've been posting links to this crazy ideas to fix the economy series on Scottish independence Facebook groups. I didn't know what to expect with a post that bluntly challenged the perceived worldview that abortion is a women's right.

I expected to receive messages of hate and I did. I expected to be insulted and I was. I also expected that some groups would delete my posts and they did.

Within a few minutes the Bella Caledonia Facebook group (CI032G) had removed my post and I had this slightly confusing message from an Admin:


Yes my last post was shocking, horrific even. Yet it is shocking and horrific from all perspectives. My perspective is that babies in the womb have equal rights to those of the woman carrying them. I feel that as with so many issues in society, concentrating on rights is the wrong perspective - concentrating on responsibility is a much better perspective. If we discuss rights then who decides whose rights win? Someone always loses.

If we discuss responsibility that logically leads on to consequences. I am responsible for paying my taxes. If I fail to pay my taxes then I will be forced to pay and will have to pay a fine in addition. I consider sex to be a responsibility issue. There are consequences for the sexual act. Pregnancy is one consequence. Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection another. Of course love and joy and pleasure are all hopeful consequences of sex but even in loving relationships, the postive consequences are not guaranteed.

Abortion is and always will be a political issue. Your taxes and my taxes pay for it. In an independent Scotland I hope we could provide better emotional and physical care to women, better financial support that they would be enabled to want to have children. But while we're discussing this (or being censored for trying to discuss it) one baby is aborted every three minutes in the UK.

For several days the Scottish Greens Facebook page allowed a discussion on my post. I struggled to respond to the dozens of replies, the vast majority scathing of my views, but some openness to the headline concern - how many abortions are carried out and the the cost to you and I as tax payers. (CI032H)


By this morning the post was deleted. Censored by a group for a political party. [EDIT: Please see note below on response received from Scottish Greens.]

While it lasted the discussion was informative for me. I have been trying to decide who to vote for in the next general election. Several close friends and family members have encouraged me to look at The Green Party. (CI032I)

In between the insults I was reading on Scottish Greens Facebook there were several statements that I should have used a Trigger Warning. I'd never heard the expression before though a quick Google search turned up this definition: "a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material."

Ahhh, okay...

Yet the first result on the Google search questioned their validity in public settings:

'Trigger warnings are unnecessary 100% of the time due to the fact that people who are easily offended have no business randomly browsing the internet anyways.'
Hmmm... There is a lot of truth in that Urban Dictionary statement. I am offended every day, dozens of times a day. By people who demand their right to freedom of speech no matter how offensive their statements are or their language is. (CI032J)

Since I was a child I have been mocked and insulted for my beliefs. If I dared to question someone else's belief I was threatened. I've had guys twice my size right up in my face with their fists. Because of my experiences I try not to mock other peoples beliefs. But I demand the right to criticize them.

As Jill Filipovic states writing in The Guardian: '...the universe does not treat its members as if they come hand-delivered in a box clearly marked "fragile"... That feminist blogs try to carve out a little section of the world that is a teeny bit safer for their readers is a credit to many of those spaces.' (CI032K)

Which begs the question: Is the Scottish Greens Facebook page a feminist only zone? And what does that say about The Green Party?

I've been trying to read through some of the Green Party literature I've been sent. Everything I read on their Values page (CI032L) I was able to agree with. I was even able to agree with the vast majority of the Philosophical Basis of the Green Party. (Some of the statements are - in my view - impossible but I could work to improve that.) (CI032M)
 I'm now reading through The Green Party 2014 European Manifesto. (CI032N) After finding out about Trigger Warnings and getting the sense I had stumbled in on a feminist safe zone, I searched the manifesto and found these statements:
'The Green Party is proud of its feminist principles.' 
'Green MEPs will:
  • Continue to support a women’s right to choose to have an abortion and oppose any measures to restrict this right.'
I find many values and philosophies in all the main political parties that I can agree with. But when I drill down into the detail, each and every one - Conservatives, Labour, the Liberals, UKIP, SNP, Socialists... - has statements I can't sign up to.

Yet our political parties will ultimately determine whether or not our economy is fixed. Will decide what laws we will have to follow. Will decide, to a large extent, our future.

A couple of years ago I was advised to join a political party. I resisted and am still resisting yet I think I need to make a decision. I believe that you and I have the right to be heard. That we have the right to try and persuade people and political parties to change. We can only do that from within.

It might be a crazy idea but to fix the economy we might all need to join a political party.

[EDIT: Following posting this to the Scottish Greens Facebook page I received this response from an admin: "I deleted your post because it had been reported to admins by group members who were finding it distressing. The discussion had gone on long enough, nothing new was being added and I could quite understand why some people found it distressing. We're not perfect but we do try to make this group a safe space."]


Do post your own crazy ideas or feedback on mine in the comments below and sign up to my mailing list below to be notified of future posts.

Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

As I wrote at the start, I am making my 100 crazy ideas freely available. It seems unjust to propose ideas to fix the economy and then prevent people from freely reading those ideas. 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy will be published once the craziness is complete.

I can be found on Twitter: @my100goals or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals. There's a short bio here.


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References:
(CI032A; My 100 Goals; http://my100goals.blogspot.com/2015/01/crazy-idea-31-stop-killing-babies.html)

(CI032B; BBC; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30710883)

(CI032C; Reddit; http://np.reddit.com/r/conspiratard/comments/2in5gc/post_a_dumb_quote_by_a_neonazi_pedophile/)

(CI032D; WikiQuotes; http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Voltaire)

(CI032E; Am First Books; http://www.amfirstbooks.com/IntroPages/ToolBarTopics/Articles/Featured_Authors/strom,_kevin/kevin_strom_works/Kevin_Strom_1991-1994/Kevin_A._Strom_19930814-ADV_All_America_Must_Know_the_Terror_That_Is_Upon_Us.html)

(CI032F; YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUNcR417iXU)

(CI032G; FaceBook; https://www.facebook.com/groups/8259177988/)

(CI032H; FaceBook; https://www.facebook.com/groups/2416416259/)

(CI032I; The Green Party; http://greenparty.org.uk/)

(CI032J; Urban Dictionary; http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Trigger+warning)

(CI032K; The Guardian; http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/05/trigger-warnings-can-be-counterproductive)

(CI032L; The Green Party; http://greenparty.org.uk/values/)

(CI032M; The Green Party; http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/philosophical-basis.html)

(CI032N; The Green Party; http://greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/European%20Manifesto%202014.pdf)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Crazy Idea 30 - Kill Santa!



With six shopping days till Christmas (our capitalist overlords wouldn't want you to stop shopping on the Sabbath) here are a few fictional Christmas headlines to mull over...

"Vicar tells children the truth, capitalist parents react with fury!"

"Impoverished single mother admits she saw a glimmer of hope."

"Santa's around the country call for Vicar to be exiled to the South Pole."

It's not been a good week for Santa.

On Wednesday Santa was arrested. (CI030A)

On Thursday parents and children were told Santa doesn't exist. (CI030B)

You could almost imagine Santa had been subjected to extraordinary rendition.

I imagine the CEO's of quite a few companies chuckling to themselves as they realise that no matter how bad austerity gets, parents are so invested in the fictional world of Santa Claus that they don't want their kids to know the truth...

I'm all for feasts and festive celebrations. But there is something dark and evil about the greed that consumes us at this time of year.

When our kids were little we tried very hard to avoid lying to them about Santa. If they asked the question: is Santa real, we'd turn the question around and ask them what they believed. But we never directly told them that the jolly fat man didn't exist.

We shouldn't have been surprised that when one of our children found out the truth they were furious with us.

The BBC quotes 'A parent on Facebook' who said the Vicar had '"spoiled the magic" of Christmas.' Call me Scrooge but if the magic of Christmas is only about maintaining a fantasy that encourages us to get into further debt I'm quite happy with killing off Santa.

Parent Dish refers to a study by Asda (reported in a 2012 Daily Mail article (CI030C)) asking the vital question: Why are parents spending so much on their children's Christmas presents? (CI030D)

According to Asda, 'the average parent splashes out no less than £312 on Christmas presents per child.' Parent Dish goes on to ask: 'If these children get showered with such riches now, what are they going to expect for their 18th birthdays?'

According to Wikipedia there are 11.1 Million children age 14 and under in the UK. If the Asda survey was accurate we could be spending roughly £3.5 Billion on Christmas presents each year... (CI030E)

This is despite estimates that one third of all children in the UK live in poverty... (CI030F)

What if we were to kill off Santa? What if we were to abandon the excess of our Christmas celebrations... According to a different survey by InSinkErator quoted in the Daily Mail online, 'The day's feasting will create an extra 50m bags of rubbish, or £600m of food. As a nation we'll spend £3.3 billion on food for the Christmas table this year.' (CI030G)

600 Million pounds worth of food thrown in the bin?! Surely that can't all be brussel sprouts...

Even Money Saving Expert suggests that giving less may be wise. (CI030H)

There would be winners and losers if parents were to stop spending so much at Christmas. The winners may well be the parents themselves, even after the kids tantrums have ceased. Wouldn't it be wonderful to enter January without an even greater debt burden around our necks?

The losers may well be retailers and suppliers. Is it possible though, that the long term health of our economy would be better served by moving away from a system that encourages spending on cheap plastic and expensive disposable electronics to a more sustainable one?

Or is this just another crazy idea?

I'm taking a two week vacation from these crazy ideas so I can recite Bah Humbug while hypocritically indulging in feasting and present giving.

Of course no-one really wants to kill Santa, but if you were to "accidentally" knock him off your roof, whatever you do, don't put on the red suit or the Santa Clause will get you! (CI030I)



Do post your own crazy ideas or feedback on mine in the comments below and sign up to my mailing list below to be notified of future posts.

Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

As I wrote at the start, I am making my 100 crazy ideas freely available. It seems unjust to propose ideas to fix the economy and then prevent people from freely reading those ideas. 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy will be published once the craziness is complete.

I can be found on Twitter: @my100goals or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals. There's a short bio here.

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References:
(CI030A; BBC; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-30532016)

(CI030B; Evening Telegraph; http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/news/scotland/santa-arrested-after-glasgow-statue-stunt-1.741919)

(CI030C; Parent Dish; http://www.parentdish.co.uk/christmas/why-are-parents-spending-so-much-on-their-childrens-presents/)

(CI030D; Daily Mail; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2221432/Christmas-2012--Toy-sales-expected-soar-72-week-parents-spending-average-312-child-says-Asda.html)

(CI030E; Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_Kingdom)

(CI030F; Barnardo's; http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/child_poverty/child_poverty_what_is_poverty/child_poverty_statistics_facts.htm)

(CI030G; Daily Mail; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2070269/Families-spend-133-70-household-Christmas-day-food--throw-fifth-BIN.html)

(CI030H; Money Saving Expert; http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/christmas-savings)

(CI030I; YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t067u2Jnks0)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Crazy Idea 29 - Forgive!



If we want to fix the economy then we have to be willing to forgive. I started writing this series in anger but anger is not going to provide the foundation we need to build a strong economy.

You’ve probably heard this statement: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” (CI029A)

It’s an interesting statement. There is occasional truth in it, yet not everyone who fears becomes angry. Not everyone who is angry hates.

Before the summer of 2014 I opposed Scottish independence. Having lived in England for ten years and experienced great friendship with many South of the border, I saw no reason to separate the two countries. Having been brought up in Scotland I associated Scottish Nationalism with bitterness and hatred towards the English.

Yet I was angry myself. Angry at perceived injustice in the UK. Angry at greater and greater inequality between the wealthy and the poor. Angry at a government that operated for a few rather than the many, who were unwilling to fix the root causes of our economic problems.

It is possible that my anger was partly out of fear. Fear caused by always feeling I couldn’t afford to provide for my family. Fear that I’d never be able to get on top of debt or progress in my career.

At times I’ve allowed that anger to run into hate. Hatred towards our Prime Minister. Hatred at a Coalition that has punished the poor for problems caused by the rich and middle class.

But hatred is not going to solve the many problems our economy has.

Have you ever experienced hatred? Someone abusing you physically or verbally. If you have, how did you respond?

Did you want to respond with kindness to those showing you hatred? Did you want to respond with patience, with gentleness?

One of the hardest choices any of us can make is to respond with kindness, patience and gentleness to those who show hate towards us.

There is no guarantee this counterintuitive act will improve the situation. It is even possible that such a response will make things worse, not better.

Yet millions have found such a display of love is the best response to hatred. Why? Because it releases us from the cycle of violence. It frees us to act without being governed by anger and hatred ourselves.

One of the analogies used by some in the lead up to the Scottish referendum was that of a divorce from an abusive partner, Westminster being portrayed as the abuser.

Being a victim of violence, hatred and/or anger are justifications for leaving an abusive relationship, whether on a personal level or national. But while it may not be easy or even possible to forgive the perpetrator of such abuse in the immediacy of the act, forgiveness is vital if the victim is to truly be freed.

Without giving forgiveness, the victim may end up becoming the abuser themselves. The victim may end up in a similar abusive relationship. Fear and anger and hatred have a way of spawning. Forgiveness can stop them in their tracks.

The economy of Britain is broken. We have a choice. We can live in fear of the consequences of our own bad decisions and those of our government. We can live in anger against ourselves and those who have caused the problems. We can choose to hate: hate politicians, hate the rich, even hate ourselves for our own mismanagement of our money.

Or we can choose to forgive, release ourselves from emotion that will cripple us. Allow ourselves freedom to choose a different path. If you want to fix the economy it’s your choice. What will you choose?


Do post your own crazy ideas or feedback on mine in the comments below and sign up to my mailing list below to be notified of future posts.

Why should my crazy ideas have any relevance to the economy? I'm the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab, a novel that imagines a fairer future for Scotland where the poor are empowered to change their destiny. I'm director of my own limited company: Goal 31 Ltd and I've over seven years experience working for government and financial organisations. Also, just like you, I'm a taxpayer and for some crazy reason I think that entitles us to have an opinion and for that opinion to be acted on by the government.

As I wrote at the start, I am making my 100 crazy ideas freely available. It seems unjust to propose ideas to fix the economy and then prevent people from freely reading those ideas. 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy will be published once the craziness is complete.

I can be found on Twitter: @my100goals or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals. There's a short bio here.


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(CI029A; Yoda Quotes; http://www.yodaquotes.net/fear-is-the-path-to-the-dark-side-fear-leads-to-anger-anger-leads-to-hate-hate-leads-to-suffering/)