Draft manifesto and values of a new political party called “Life is tough, we have no solutions” Version 4

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.


2 thoughts on “Draft manifesto and values of a new political party called “Life is tough, we have no solutions” Version 4

  1. Thoughts from Robin Stott, doctor, astronomer, thinker, and wise old dog:

    Over the years I have been impressed by the way in which Fritjof Capra explores the relevance the new insights into physics have for social environmental and economic issues. First in The Dao of Physics, then The Turning Point and then The Web of Life. I had the good fortune to spend a few weeks with him and others at the Schumacher College on two occasions in the 90s and was part of a group which helped critique The Web of Life. I haven’t read his most recent book The Systems View of Life.

    His thesis is that the interconnectedness and relatedness which we see everywhere in nature has profound implications for the way we might best organise our societies. The billions of years of evolution have repeatedly shown that this grounding in the interconnectedness of all beings, with the give and take and buffeting inherent in the span of any living organism, is a sound way of realising the potential of a species.
    Your quotes, Richard, talk to the inherent uncertainty and vagaries of life and capture the give and take and buffeting to which we are all subject.

    I was struck by the way in which Sapiens describes the myths by which we live as the context in which we have to understand these buffetings. Trying to link myths with Capra’s insights , I wonder whether we can ever get to a situation where the ‘myth’ by which we live is more ,rather than less, grounded in the reality of physics as we know it. Could it be, as Davis Deutsch suggests in his book The Beginnings of Infinity that we are evolving slowly to a time when our cultural myths will be based on the laws of physics, and we will discard he unusable junk myths in the same way as the unsuccessful mutations inherent in our billions of years of evolution have been junked?

    So the myth of unconstrained growth, clearly impossible within the laws of physics, will be ditched, as will the myth that we can live independently of the boundaries set by nature. The new myth will be humankind living in interdependent harmony with nature.

    I won’t see it but maybe our grandchildren will.


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