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June 24th 2016 will go down in history as the day when slightly over half the UK population voted to leave the European Union in a misguided attempt to take back what the Brexiters sold them as some sort of Holy Grail of Soverignty and Control. The other (almost) half, were not fooled. Europe will be divided, the UK already is. What can we do to work towards a more integrated world?
Out but not down!
The slow change that we have seen happening in the UK over the last 10 years or so peaked today when the majority of people in the UK decided to leave the EU. Those of us that didn’t vote leave are in the minority, albeit a large one. We are unhappy that this was the result and our initial reaction was one of shock that it had actually happened, but we saw this coming and seemed powerless to stop it and that needs a little reflection.
Although I have always believed that we have more in common than divides us, words used by Jo Cox and echoed by many when she died, there is an increasing number of people who don’t believe that and populist politicians use that to further their cause. It’s not just happening in the UK; it is happening in many places around the world.
Wanting a world (not just an EU) that is more integrated, that can solve more problems together, that can stop the problems before they start, isn’t everybody's dream, it’s the dream of the minority. How do we ensure that we hold onto that and keep striving for what we believe in, when you know that isn’t the view shared by everyone?
How do we ensure that we hold onto that and keep striving for what we believe in, when you know that isn’t the view shared by everyone?
- Keep the faith. No-one can take away what you believe in.
- Be an activist in your own sphere of influence. Be proud about voicing your opinion and use your skills to proactively change what you can.
- Positivity is contagious, use it widely. Sometimes it’s easier not to get involved and think that it doesn’t matter what you do or no-one will be interested. It does matter and you’ll be surprised how many people were waiting for someone to be “that person”.
- Don’t let people get away with bigoted behaviour, even the small jokey comments, if you do, it becomes acceptable, it can never be acceptable.
- Remember the only real boundaries in the world are the ones we put round ourselves. Free movement is a head thing; you want to work and live somewhere else, then make it happen.
The world may seem a smaller place today as we sit in the UK but it isn’t really. There is a lot to do and we need the most open minded, collaborative, creative people to stand up and make right what others have destroyed.