Saturday, 27 June 2009

Heraclitus

"Of this Word's being forever do men prove to be uncomprehending, both before they hear and once they have heard it. For although all things happen according to this Word they are like the unexperienced experiencing words and deeds such as I explain when I distinguish each thing according to its nature and declare how it is. Other men are unaware of what they do when they are awake just as they are forgetful of what they do when they are asleep"
(Most of us sleepwalk through life)

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Machiavelli And The British M.P.s

In light of the recent expenses scandal in the British Parliament it would be no surprise if we thought of our politicians as Machiavellian. Politicians have traditionally been viewed with a healthyamount of distrust and cynicism by the more discerning electorate. Where politicians are concerned I believe the rationale is that if they have Machiavellian traits that is only to be expected because that is the nature of politics and politicians. But are the British politicianstruly Machiavellian and therefore good politicians in the way that Machiavelli suggests what would make a good prince (or politician)?


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Sunday, 21 June 2009

The Prince

“The Fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. Therefore if a prince wants to maintain his rule he must learn how not to be virtuous, and to make use of this or not according to need.”

Machiavelli 'The Prince'

Friday, 19 June 2009

Business As Usual

Are you a carer? Do you ever feel sick to the back teeth telling people (social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc) what exactly would help you and the person you care for? Have you read books and watched documentaries to find out as much as you possibly can about the particular disability until finally you don’t want to know any more for all the knowledge you have gathered hasn’t really helped anyway? Do you feel that your case is so well documented it probably has its own room in the social worker’s office?

Apparently many people who care for others are isolated because of the situation that they find themselves in. So they don’t know about the things monetary or otherwise that they may be entitled to. Social workers are there to make sure that these people don’t miss out.

Carers (in my experience) are not stupid people, as a general rule they do know what they are entitled to, or they know about most of the things that they are entitled to. What happens though is that entitlements to make your life easier are trickled down to you gradually, not necessarily when you need them but sometimes when you are starting to come to the end of your tether, they give you something just to keep you going. That way they give you a little hope that things are ‘getting sorted’.

Getting services of any sort is usually a never ending round of meetings and discussions with mostly the same people who reassure you they support you and they are going to write a report. In between these meetings you (the carer) are left to deal with the stress, the physical exertions, the coping from day to day.

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