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As I grew older, I realised that the centre, too, could move, and there was no telling how far it could move in one direction or the other. It was like Jews in Germany in the 1920's and 1930's thinking "how bad can it get?", on the assumption that sooner or later a central equilibrium based on human decency would re-assert itself. After all, they were on such good terms with their neighbours.
Now my advice to those who say it has to get worse before it can get better is "just don't go there". There is no guarantee things will not just get worse and worse and there are virtually no depths to which the collective human psyche cannot sink. Even atrocities get rationalised and normalised if they happen often enough.
So you will often find me here advocating for slow incremental steps in a better direction, not only because they are better in themselves, but because they can build a positive momentum and make more incremental improvements more likely in the future. At worst they can stop any momentum in the opposite direction.
Not very exciting, I know, and very far from the flights of idealistic fancy of my youth, where the assumption was that if you break things up, things can only get better. They can, but unfortunately the opposite is often more likely, especially if you disturb the human beast of anxiety, insecurity, fear, anger and felt deprivation.
We may laugh at them now, but the Tory Brexiteer idiots may soon become the new normal, the new moderates, to be displaced by something far more dangerous. The EU is built on a lot of these realisations. Unfortunately the generation which learned those lessons the hard way is fast dying out.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by gmoke - Jun 18
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 13 33 comments
by Oui - Jun 16 12 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 10 29 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 7 28 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 5 24 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 24 19 comments
by gmoke - Jun 3 2 comments
by gmoke - Jun 18
by Oui - Jun 1612 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 1333 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 1029 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 728 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 524 comments
by Oui - Jun 313 comments
by gmoke - Jun 32 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 295 comments
by IdiotSavant - May 29
by Frank Schnittger - May 2724 comments
by Oui - May 271 comment
by Frank Schnittger - May 2512 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 2419 comments
by Oui - May 2339 comments
by Oui - May 2312 comments
by melo - May 239 comments
by ATinNM - May 2210 comments
by Oui - May 1542 comments