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    Thank Goodness

    Monday 4th January 2010, 4:41pm

     

    Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves(俠盜王子羅賓漢)-003 by Taro Wang.

    Did you ever see Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves? The one with Kevin Costner. Do you remember the bit at the end, when King Richard appears, played by Sean Connery? “I will not allow this wedding to prosheed”, says Sir Sean, and we breathe a sigh and think; thank goodness you’re here.

    In a board meeting, when someone in their seventies intervenes, with a blast of common sense. Thank goodness you’re here. When a friend turns to you, at a tough time, and all you can do is laugh at the situation. Thank goodness you’re here.

    Today, when I watch senior politicians of all parties, I don’t get this warm and comforting feeling. When I switch on the TV and see our leading broadcasters, even on the BBC, I don’t feel it either. Now for my most troubling confession; When I watch Question Time and see members of the great British public take our political masters to task, I don’t get it either. In fact, I feel worse not better than before.

    Don’t feel sorry for me.  It’s not all bad. I feel it when I sit around a table with Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project. I feel it when I sit down with Liam Black, founder of Same Wavelength (and previously head of Fifteen) or with Gail Greengross, director of Business in the Community. I feel it with my family and friends. What do I mean by ‘this feeling’? Do you know what I’m talking about? The feeling that things are going to be alright. That the world has not taken leave of its senses. That we are powerful and not powerless to change things. I think you know what I mean. I can come back to the politicians, broadcasters and ‘the public’. In the meantime, it’s just the two of us. Thank goodness you’re here.

    3 Responses to “Thank Goodness”

    1. Ewan says:

      I know just what you mean Oli. It’s been missing for a long time…

    2. It was interesting to monitor Twitter throughout year end, with a very resounding good riddance to 2009 and such positive energy to 2010. There was very much a, “we can make it better”, tone of voice.

      But those “in charge” are so busy covering their arse and attacking each other that it’s rare to hear words of encouragement. It’s clear that we are the ones who need to play the role of Sean Connery,.

    3. A.J. Pape says:

      Nicely said Oli. Hope to see you when I’m back there in early Feb.

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