This is the text of my BBC Radio 2 ‘Moment of Reflection’ broadcast on 8 October 2017
BBC RADIO – MOMENT OF REFLECTION
The annual season of party political conferences has just ended
And I find myself thinking:
Political parties are a bit like religions.
Strongly held beliefs.
Conflicts with those of other faiths.
But both of them – political parties and religions –are fuelled by idealism
– a wish to make life better for everyone.
People who are into religion and spirituality however
Don’t need power.
We influence through personal behaviour,
how to live in a way
That serves and cares for others.
We are, I suggest, inspired by a personal connection
With life’s wonder, goodness and beauty –
By whatever name we call it.
And we are inspired too by a knowing that the purpose of human life
material success and status.
But we are all of us on a journey
So I have a prayer
May our politicians– here and across the world –
be inspired by those same high ideals.
You can listen to the audio of this here on the BBC website:
If you want to listen to the whole interview that precedes the reflection, you can listen to it here on the BBC website. My interview starts at 7:40am