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Halcyon Imagines

What's Changing? - Civility
Civility
Halcyon Imagines 21 January 2021

 

Please see below selected recent civility-related change.

 

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December 2020

Of Mice and Men - Redux?

Kiev

 

10 years on from chastening and often stunning images of the impact that global recession is having - right now. The Great Depression Revisited? The clothes and the cars and the laptops suggest "not yet", but over the coming months, who knows?

Still, the blooming sunflower in the last shot is a touching piece of photojournalism, suggesting that hope springs eternal or, as Roy Harper put it, "through all destruction flies new dawn".

Imagining tapping the untapped potential...

...of civil society and the individuals within it.  Perhaps this is a more hopeful way of addressing the current economic crisis than much of what we get through the mainstream media.  If we listen more to the surviving members of the "make do and mend" generation that got through the 1930s, WWII and its bleak aftermath, maybe we can learn again not just self-sufficiency, but also a way of pulling together towards a common purpose?

Imagining the devil we know...

Is it a wrong approach, as claimed recently, to start with your favourite quality or value (freedom, equality, justice etc), and then try to imagine what a society would look like if it were arranged to maximise that quality?

Should we, instead, examine the political and cultural institutions we already have and work from there, as failure to do this might lead to incoherence and fantasy?

Not sure...just because most "-isms" are divisive and fail ultimately, should we really give up on all big ideas and hopes of breakthrough change in favour of sheer pragmatism?