Common Ground

Recently the old idea of left and right wing politics has been thrust in the faces of every person in the western world with a TV or internet access. The noxious attitudes of public figures as well as individual people has fuelled a divide that clouds an already hazy horizon.

To mark down the borderlines that separate these factions is to draw a line in sand. If we base the differences purely on ideology we can deduce that the vast majority of these people have had their reasoning done for them. For some people, life is hard enough without having to think and act on your own initiative; it is much easier to leave it someone else. The problem is, we have this thing called a conscience that tells you when something is wrong. To surrender your energies is to lose ones humanity.

‘The fanatic conceals a secret doubt’ – George Smiley Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy

 Pro-Brexit has been dubbed as pro-racist, and the Pro-EU have been labelled as anti-British. To look at a senior citizen and feel distrust is to essentially have no trust in our own foundations. Anyone who was alive before 1975 remembers when Britain stood as its own nation. They think that since it thrived well then, it can do so again. This thinking could turn out to be true but the world has changed enormously since 1975.  It is true that race hate crimes have risen dramatically since June 23rd but to assume that this horrible way of thinking was not already simmering under the surface of the collective psyche ludicrous. This problem has existed for a long time, and now to be considered liberal is tantamount to being called weak. The result of the EU referendum essentially proved that a lot of people in this country do not understand where this country stands in relation to the rest of the world, and they don’t see how Britain leaving the EU is going to make the economic struggle more difficult. Conservative mindedness has stinted evolution.

We see supporters of the Presidential elect over in the US unable to bear criticism for their ‘saviour’. This is exemplified in a shocking yet revealing article about two women who were heard expressing their opinion on Trump in a New York restaurant, and were subsequently assaulted by a male Trump supporter who was out for dinner with his wife. No amount of conjecture or slick-talk is going to stop Mr. Trump from entering the White House on January 20th 2017, but still the republican fanatic lashes out.

On the other side of the fence students and ‘anti-Trump’ protesters ransack their own towns in an attempt to somehow stop the President elect from taking up his position.

The biggest thing these two groups have in common is fear. Fear of ideas, words and change. Fear of terrorism. Fear of Russian aggression. Fear that is cultivated. The people on both sides who are unafraid hold the key to unlocking the solutions. More people need to re-evaluate that fear and become problem solvers.

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