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Comment posted by U9279099, at 12:01 30 May 2013
12:01 30 May 2013
Can't make a Comment as such. But i am overflowing with admiration and gratitude for the quality of this series. I have got up to Corin Redgrave, can it get any better? Where do you hide people of this calibre away? Narration, production, titantic.
Comment posted by All for All, at 12:01 27 May 2013
All for All
12:01 27 May 2013
Thanks for this exploration. When "easy conclusions" fail, and the "inexplicable" becomes repetitive, perhaps a new way of seeing must be looked for.
The evolution of 'more democratic' societies - at least in these early days - comes with, and depends upon, 'risk of awareness', not just awareness of democratic deficit, but the perception of deficit as constructed, deliberate, an engine or manifestation of dishonesty.
Whether in lonely realisation, or in sectarian revelation, with any discovery being as varied in 'balance' as our 'educations' are unique, the fact of 'general moral failure' must mean 'radicalisation risk' - again as varied as individuals and contexts are unique - potentially for all. Seeking 'extra-territorial explanations', dwelling on 'evil genius' and 'brain-washing', or taking as critical any 'reason or excuse' in 'personal factors', we may fail to see the obvious, as to shared risk. 'at home'.
Some of course will discount 'failure' in democratic deficit - even if many past and possible adverse consequences are explicitly put to them - seeing it as academic, 'perhaps a weakness', immaterial given that 'life seems to go on', and that change 'might bring worse'. This stance - whether morally relaxed or narrowly pragmatic at first - may harden to become defence at-all-costs of an untenable status quo.
Confronting the 'radicalisation' of protest, and the 'radicalisation' of a naive or frankly corrupt form of conservatism, we can look forward to endless academic and theatrical analysis and interpretation. In times of 'naturally conservative majority', the lull between storms, study of 'reasons and excuses' should be as much or more 'of and for ourselves', as of any apparent rebels.
Not to depend on the possibility that 'art and science' might in every heart - in the end - sum to teach a 'shareable morality', we need direct focus on that objective. It is intolerable, and highly dangerous, that children should have to discover alone the hollowness of 'our' supposed 'democracy', and so the hypocrisy of those previously trusted, as parents, teachers and political leaders.
When we ask what could have induced our "eccentric Englishmen" of the mid-20th-Century "to pass information to the Soviet Republic during wartime", and what could possibly explain murderous martyrdom, in 21st-Century multicultural Britain, we have a choice 'for answer'. We might re-run all history, with Douglas Adams, 'on Magrathea'. Or, we could acknowledge the 'possession' of individuals by fear and greed, the 'direction' of states also effectively 'by Mammon'. Either way, our need will be seen - if not too late - for secure equal citizenship, for conscience to be liberated.
As, de facto, joint inheritors and stewards of this Earth, we need to understand and agree equal partnership, infinitely desirable and urgently necessary. That all might belong, and our journey be for Good.
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