Choose Utopia: UK Society Is 'Close To The
Millions of Britons
to Cope with
"The world is now too dangerous for
anything less than UTOPIA." - Buckminster Fuller
Sir George Trevelyan used to phone
up the editor of WGFT, and ask how people were doing. I
used to say, "People are near breakdown." Sir George would
always reply: "Is it breakdown, or is it breakthrough?"
Millions of Britons Unable to Cope with
Modern Life, says Study
Patrick Butler ~ The Guardian ~ 7 December
• Britain portrayed as a psychologically
• Increased wealth [huhh?] accompanied by added stress
Millions of people are unhappy, lonely
and unable to cope with profound changes in the workplace,
relationships and family life, according to a major study. It
portrays Britain as a psychologically fragile society in
which increased wealth has been accompanied by soaring levels of
individual isolation and stress.
Although welfare services have made big strides in addressing
material poverty, they have failed to get a grip on the growing
problems of mental illness and distress caused by the rise of
individualism and family breakdown, it says.
"The UK [is a] largely happy country, but one with many unhappy
people… Too many parts of British society are brittle,
vulnerable to shocks, stressed and… close to the edge,"
says the report, published by the Young Foundation and backed by
13 major charitable foundations.
The report argues that the welfare state has evolved to meet
physical and material needs such as providing enough to eat,
places to live and cures for illness. But despite material
abundance, society's ability to meet psychological and
psycho-social needs "appears to have declined".
Many people are more vulnerable to life shocks such as
bereavement, unemployment and relationship breakdown, it says,
because traditional social networks from the church to the
family have declined.
[WGFT Ed: We are also 'more vulnerable'
because the money-stream media and government are hiding very
important information; such as the massive
spraying programme going on right above our heads; hiding the
important facts on 9-11, the War On Terror, etc. It is no wonder
we feel alienated from the world we try to live in.]
"A more overtly meritocratic society has encouraged people to be
more ambitious for themselves, but also made them more
vulnerable to failures - and more likely to blame themselves
(rather than fate or the class system) if things go wrong.
"Some of the shock absorbers - from faith to family - that
helped us cope in the past have atrophied."
It challenges the Conservative idea, promoted by David Cameron,
that British society is "broken" and that many social ills are
caused or exacerbated by dependency on the welfare state. It
argues instead that while society is fragile, most people live
"good lives" and believe they live in strong and supportive
[WGFT Ed: These people should get a life
and start talking about important things which matter - so that
we can all get our bearings within reality - rather than going
around in circles just talking about how many Lollipop people,
road cones and tons of Prozac we need. Important things are
happening in the world. Politicians and money-stream media
have become so totally dishonest and live in their own,
little world of corporate make-believe.]
"The welfare state is doing certain things very well. It has
addressed material poverty but if it wants to be more responsive
to social change in the 21st century it needs to think
critically about the things it does not do very well."
"Psychological needs are as pressing as material ones,"
said Rushanara Ali, associate director of the Young Foundation
and a co-author of the report.
The welfare state should be remodelled "through the lens of
wellbeing", the report says. Failure to tackle psychological and
emotional needs such as loneliness can store up damaging
problems as vulnerable people spiral into depression, making
them more likely to suffer unemployment or poor physical health.
"The risks that matter most include mental ill-health and
relationship breakdown as well as unemployment and poverty in
old age," the report says.
It argues that unemployed teenagers and refugees should be given
a mobile phone and internet access as part of their benefits
package because these are vital modern necessities that enable
them to engage in society, not luxuries. "Given the importance
of social contact to mental wellbeing and opportunities, perhaps
this should be reflected in how essential support is provided to
people in hardship."
Above article at:
Here is a response from
Yeager in Germany:
"People should be asked what they want:
public meeting houses and gardens, or cell phones and
computers? Human beings first need human beings and places
to meet them. Places for the Youth and children and elders and
all ....where they can meet and greet without having money;
play, talk, sing, do workshops - a civil centre in every part of
the city; with a garden and water in it, trees, flowers."
WGFT / Michael: I am sure Klaus agrees,
these centres are needed all across our countries. I sat in a
'Depression' ward with many miserable people in 1995; everyone
knew medication does not work. I knew what we needed is a new
society. And I put a similar idea to Klaus's idea onto paper.
Just because an answer may take some effort to achieve, it does
not make it the wrong answer. LET'S GO TO UTOPIA.
Not all of UK society has lost the plot,
protested across the UK in February 2009:
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