Children playing with matches

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Not so cute now…

I leave you alone for a week, and what happens? It was all very well allowing the children to shake the box… such a nice rattle noise to keep them amused for a while, and all… but who on earth thought it was a good idea to open it for them? These three, overgrown toddlers really should not be allowed outside, never mind handing them matches…

I’ve kept a low profile. Having been through the whole Scottish independence debacle, the (almost) immediate switch to UK independence was WAY too much to bear. I have friends on both sides. Some things are not worth losing friends over. The machinations of an overfed elite, as they trip over each other to manipulate a system designed to ensure that they always win, being one of them…

To say that the result is disappointing, would be an understatement matched only in scale by the global stock market losses that our three “innocent darlings” managed to initiate on Friday (is two trillion even a number?) Of course, when they said “short-term uncertainty” you possibly assumed “we won’t know what we are doing for a couple of weeks”, when what they clearly meant was “pensions could take twenty years to recover, the poorest in the world will pay dearly for it all, and inflation and interest rates could go through the roof”.

Understandable mistake to make, really…

What isn’t so understandable, however, is that over half of those who turned up to make their mark appear to have whole-heartedly bought into the xenophobic rhetoric, the jingoistic language more appropriate to the Victorian era, or the outright deceit of it all. Do we really imagine, for a single second, that these three give a single hoot for anything other than lining their own pockets, promoting their own, petty agendas, and winning at the “power game?” We, on the other hand, will always remain little more than potential cannon fodder – merely the collateral damage to be expected in such high-stakes gameplay.

In some areas of the country, these stakes are much higher than others: the ramifications for the Irish peace process have never really been aired; economically depressed areas, long supported by EU investment, may find that critical funding more difficult to obtain;  and, possibly most serious of all, the entire EU project itself may be under threat, not just in terms of the additional pressures placed on already struggling nations, and the effects on currency stability, but, more worryingly, the impetus given to far right groups across the continent.

Most disturbing of all?

Now, more than ever, nation states are completely incapable of resolving the big issues facing the planet. At a time when the only viable solutions are to be found in increased cooperation, we have essentially walked away. “Going it alone” hardly seems more inappropriate than in the opening chapter of the 21st century.

whowillweblamenowThere are, more than likely, opportunities in all of this, assuming that the children don’t burn everything down first. Indeed, many believe that it may spell the end of the ultra-right,as they will no longer be afforded the scapegoat of external influence for every problem within the national economy. Unfortunately, having split the UK in two, the English Nationalists have effectively handed the Scottish ones a baton to call for a THIRD, no, sorry, SECOND referendum on the Union itself – which may be a positive, depending on which side of that particular fence you sit, especially given the almost guaranteed result on the back of Brexit.

I genuinely hope that the rifts caused can be mended in the coming weeks and months. I genuinely hope that all the much yearned-for positive change can be achieved.

Unfortunately, I’m a realist, and more than old enough to remember why we joined in the first place. In case you aren’t, let me assure you, the “good old days before the EU” really weren’t…



About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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17 Responses to Children playing with matches

  1. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on stevetanham and commented:
    Deep breath…

  2. alienorajt says:

    Jolly well said. I quite agree. The child analogy is perfect. Thanks for expressing it so clearly and honestly. xxx

  3. alienorajt says:

    Reblogged this on Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman! and commented:
    Must-see thoughts on the recent Referendum from Running Elk.

  4. adeleulnais says:

    Unfortunately, the poor suffered in the EU and outside, we always suffer no matter what coin the big boys decide to flip. Libraries closing, schools without funding, teachers missing, all this happened well before the vote; that is why I chose to vote YES in the Scottish ref, and now if we do get another ref and win, we will still be in the EU. crazy, the politicians on all sides have no idea how the people really live. Oh, and haven`t they played the immigration card well, ensuring that the stirring up of the people would result in their favour. They did the same way back in the 1900`s. The tories wanted to win so they stirred up the Orangemen in Ulster, result – Tory government and years of murder, hatred, and prejudice against the Catholics. Nothings changed then, their tactics are still the same.

    • Running Elk says:

      Too true, Adele.
      “Divide and rule” has always been the most effective way to ghettoise the poor and retain power. Which is pretty much why the (all but) 50/50 nature of both referendum results gives much cause for concern – on all sorts of issues: civil rights, employment, and environmental protections, etc.
      To use national pride / fear to support that division is, pretty much, the political class at its worst.

  5. I haven’t really followed the EU/UK debacle closely, mostly since I tend to view civilization itself as a mistake. But the observations are astute–the ruling elite finds it so easy to manipulate the masses, and the masses prove this all the time, to the world’s detriment.

    • Running Elk says:

      Indeed. I pretty much ignore the whole sorry, lying lot of them these days too. This one has been pretty insidious, however, and now the proles believe they have, in some weirdly esoteric way, won something back that they never had in the first place… On a positive note, I like to imagine that the rise of the right, and the breaking away of the nation states may just be the precursor we’ve been waiting on… certainly be in interesting fall of this particular form of civilisation… 😉

  6. Beautifully written, well-expressed rant. I so agree. It seems the world is sitting on a keg of dynamite and kids are running around with matches, playing. I worry about Brexit. Couldn’t people have found a better way to protest??

    We, here in the U.S are going through our own form of craziness, dangerous craziness. Disgruntled people mesmerized by an egomaniac buffoon with his own brand of evil, Donald Trump. Must be related to BorisJohnson. We have multiple murders and protests every day and I am so scared for our country, a cauldron of racism. Scared and upset. The news makes me cry. So sorry for all you write about and for us here, playing with dynamite.

    • Running Elk says:

      It’s certainly strange and troubling times we are living through, Ellen. Not sure which side of the pond comes top of the “how did that happen” league…

      Good to see you. Hope all well with you and yours. 🙂 xx

      • Maybe things will be okay now. Been a bit hard healthwise since my husband retired. Nothing life threatening but worrisome. Hopefully now things will be better. As I recall you had a really tough situation going on. How are things going now with you and your parents? xxellen

      • Running Elk says:

        Settled into a routine, Ellen. Some days feels like a waiting game, and kind of helpless in the face of it all.
        So sorry to hear you have been through the wringer, but glad that things are looking up. It’s always the small things that chip away and take it out of us, isn’t it?
        Missed you aound here! 😀 xx

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