If you only do one thing in 2015, please make a resolution to question more. Question everything.
When you read something in the paper or see something in the news, ask what the motives are behind it. Who owns the paper? What is their agenda?
When Russell Brand says something, ask what his motivations are, why he says the things he does
When someone criticises Russell Brand ask what their motivations are.
When a politician makes a statement, what are their motivations? Whose interests are they representing? Is it yours? Do they have any conflicts of interest?
When someone says ‘that’s just the way it is’ or ‘that’s the way it’s always been’ ask why? Does it have to be like that?
When you are told that mass immigration is causing massive problems in this country ask why? What is the motivation of the person telling you? Find out for yourself if it is actually true.
The same for benefits scroungers.
Why are 900,000 families using food banks in 2013 / 14? Is it because they’ve lost the knowledge on how to cook? Is it because it’s free?
The general election is in May. It’s one of, if not the most crucial vote in my lifetime, probably yours too. The result of this election could make your life drastically better or worse. Pay attention to what the politicians are saying. If they say the NHS shouldn’t be privatised, ask why. If they say it should ask why. There will be a lot of nonsense spoken, figures quoted, statistics exclaimed, a lot of them will be skewed or biased or misrepresented. The politicians are able to do that because hardly anyone checks.
The continuation of the status-quo (Latin phrase, not Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, they can stay) benefits only those who are in power and comfortable at the moment, if you are truly comfortable at the moment then there’s not a lot I can say to you, but if you want a better life for you and your family then you have to start asking questions, things will never change if we just accept that things are the way they are and there’s nothing we can do about them.
We can have change, but we have to start thinking about things, questioning and demanding answers from the people who represent us.
Start questioning yourselves, ask the same questions you do of others about yourself. What do you want? Why do you want it?
I don’t care what the conclusions are that you come to, you may decide that Mark Reckless is right and we should start deporting foreigners, you may decide that the NHS would be better off run by private firms, you could come to the conclusion that it’s not fair that 66% of all land in this country is owned by 36,000 aristocrats who were given it by people who stole it from other people (your ancestors probably), whatever, it doesn’t matter, just think, ask questions and demand answers.
Right, now could someone help me out, my high horse has got its hoof stuck in my soap box.