SHARE A MOMENT OF PRIDE
30 January 2019
I want to share a moment of pride.
Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning, while exercising on my cross-trainer, I felt a swelling of pride.
At 9:30 there was a fifteen-minute programme ‘Hacking Happiness – What if Happiness isn’t about the self at all?’.
This was followed by a fifteen-minute reading from Erling Kagge’s book ‘Silence’.
And then a wonderful segment on Woman’s Hour in which mothers talked openly and poignantly about their experiences of breastfeeding.
And I thought: What if there had been no flower power? No feminism? No new approaches to psychology, spirituality and the arts? These reflective, open-hearted, emotionally intelligent and inclusive programmes might never have been recorded and broadcast.
I often quote the African liberationist, Franz Fanon, who said that the greatest tragedy for any generation is to not fulfil its mission.
Listening to those radio programmes I felt proud because things have changed.
I know that right now national and global politics seem vulgar and dangerous. It is easy to feel pessimistic. But turn your minds back to when men in grey flannel, tweeds, black robes and uniforms seemed to be the sole authorities, with only a few bohemians sparkling colour into the patriarchy.
Things have changed.
Each of us who followed, and still follows, that new way which respects all ages, all genders, all sexualities, all abilities, all spiritualities, all ethnicities – and, as best we can, demonstrate compassion, love in action and a deep instinct for social justice and equality for all beings – we have helped bring about that change.
And the mission continues.
Quietly or loudly be optimistic. Keep on trucking. All will be well.