Think outside the box. Put aside sensible conscious thinking. Open one’s mind to ethereal, subconscious thoughts.

Detach your mind starting now!

Grab a piece of strong cloth with both hands and pull. If there is a start, and we always hope there is, or what would be the point, then once we pull, the cloth may start ripping. That moment that nanosecond elongated drawn-out nanosecond, while the effort distracts, the give of material counts the nanoseconds, and the ripping sound grates the senses.

Stop! What are your thoughts?

A glass of unknown red wine is lifted.  A mouth full is taken. It washes over taste buds and hits the epiglottis. The senses evaluate the wine in its travel.  In nanoseconds, the consciousness decides, the tingle, the subtleties, and the feel distract conscious thought.

Stop! What are your thoughts?

Did we breathe in, did we breathe out, or did we just not breathe at all?  Was there a moment of panic or just apprehension, delight, anger or just curiosity?  Both actions were irreversible, and so there was commitment beyond our immediate conscious thought.

These may be unimportant actions, but there are those that are not, and in our noisy complicated, confusing, distracting, frustrating worlds do we consider consequences of action or inaction.

Time to think.  What goes on between the nanoseconds, the slivers of time, of life, which elude our conscious thought?  Our conscious thoughts are like stars in the vast void of unknown space.

We cocoon ourselves with mental algorithms and fool ourselves that all will be right, safe, and normal.  We value comfort.

The most important thing one can do is place one’s feet on firm ground.

In politics, the most likely firm ground is democracy.

Democracy can be the basis of a good marriage; it can support decision making in a group it allows diversity on input regardless of the reality of output.  It creates ownership and involvement and purpose. It allows people to feel useful, one of the most happiness generating emotions. Democracy serves our social needs.

In politics, democracy is essential.  Whether that is talking in the pub, commenting on a web site, or debating with colleagues it involves sharing.  It is a manifestation of freedom and equality between people.

For in the end we all have the same basic goals and needs; we just have different ideas of how to arrive at them or supply them.  Does it not make sense to find consensus or at least the most popular solution? If there are diverse directions should we not debate,persuade, analyse, and confer to arrive at the most mutually agreeable resolution?  When, in society, we have to allow for others, be tolerant of different values and opinions, and diplomatic with our neighbours and friends, should we not confer, is not mutual agreement essential?

Is there anyone who knows better than their peers?  Is there anyone who knows what is in the unknown void of space?  Is there anyone who can look into the future and be sure of the answer?  Is there anyone who considers their brain, their consciousness more relevant, more important, and more powerful than the next person?

Yes, of course, too many, and that is why democracy is the firm ground.  When someone knows better and denies other perspectives then our worlds are threatened by evil.  We enter the world of anarchy, of dictators, of imposition, and Totalitarianism.

Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.

— Matthew 7:24–27

Is that topical?  Is it ever not topical?  Is it the starting point?  What could replace a rock? How important is it right now, because I am busy?  Can anything else be more important than the ground you stand on?

As the storm approaches, even now, the facades are breaking away from their structures, and some structures are collapsing.  The winds will take the apathetic, dislodge the ambivalent, and destroy the corrupt. They have no firm ground, no sense of philosophy, no ownership, and no entitlement.

No one will sit on the fence when the wind blows.

The ground will move and ivory towers will fall and their tears will be lost in the rain.  The reality has always been that we are equal; the denial is the sand.

The objectives, structure and methods of the EU, predisposes it to failure, but what about the casualties?  Party politics in the UK has failed us, nothing can be more blindingly obvious, and that is also predisposed to failure. The voting system in the UK disenfranchises and disappoints it cannot be sustained.

As we delve deeper to find out where things went wrong, we see the ground, the ground that we stand on.  Unless we solve the basic problems we will never build the inclusive, liberal, and just society that we aspire to, and the answers are known.

Our journey will not stop at Brexit, even if it is achieved.  We have allowed a house of cards to be built; it is a collective fault.

For fear of the void put your feet on firm ground, and as we engage in hand to hand combat, and as we approach the year’s end, we must have one eye on the past and one eye on the future.

Democracy must be installed as our lifestyle, in our political parties, and as our National ambition.

In our end, we will see that the slivers of time between the nanoseconds are vast.

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