We will aspire to be a global political party, but at the moment we are mainly British. This adds impetus to our endeavour. Brexit has shaken Britain to its core, and, although the Tory party has quickly pulled itself together (as it always does), the Labour party is falling apart. So new opposition is needed urgently. Could we provide it?
I’m posting this again because of the opportunity and because four new tenets have been added to our manifesto and values (at the end). More are still welcome. We never rest.
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
We all have poets within us, they are lovable and amusing but dangerous
We try to be rational, but we always fall short
We understand by immersing ourselves and our intelligence in complexity.
Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Never and Always are words that should always never be used.