A long time ago I proposed a new political party called “Life is tough, we have no solutions.” There were a few enthusiasts, but it slid into oblivion. Now seems the time to revive it.
Unfortunately our manifesto and statements of values, which was one document, was lost. I’m trying to revive it, and I’ve begun by “brainstorming” the new list and getting input from Jane Smith. The philosophers among you may recognise inconsistencies, but one of our beliefs is that “consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”
Now I invite everybody to contribute. Once we have a list I will find a way to cull it to the essentials—either through voting or any other method that takes my fancy.
Please send your promise or value as a comment.
Draft manifesto and values
Death is inevitable, prepare for it.
You will be constantly misunderstood
There is a simple solution for all complex problems, and it’s wrong
There is no they, only us–and we don’t control anything
The world is too complicated to control.
They who would do good should do so in minute particulars – so no grand gestures
There are no single issues and always trade offs
Failure teaches us only one thing, that failure is everywhere
Setting out to make things better will make them worse most of the time
Our world is held in precarious balance, and the balance is easily disturbed
Our only promises are death and confusion
We offer talk, which should be ignored, but not action
Most people are innumerate, so don’t believe any numbers
Human brains are highly and attractively imperfect
The monkey in us overwhelms the angel
Music offers more understanding than words
In God we trust, all others bring data
We eat no beasts but recognise that we are beasts
Sickness, pain, and suffering are part of being human and to be celebrated not supressed
Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds
There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in anybody’s philosophy
Immortality would be unbearable, so welcome death
Walking is better than driving
If there is a God, he or she is not interested in you
Doubts are normal, conviction is not
Your policies will fail
Your failures will be celebrated, your successes forgotten
If you’re not confused you don’t know what’s happening
Being transparent is attractive but hopeless; the devious rule the world