Harry McQuillen’s Age of Insecurity

Posted on 06th December 2018 | in Harry McQuillen: Age of insecurity , Opinion

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China all seem to be behaving oddly, at least they all exhibit behaviour patterns that go against the grain of national and international conventions.

The great fear of draconian regimes is exposure, and that’s difficult to control in an age of social media.

 

By the way, I didn’t add the USA to my list of oddball regimes. It’s a given that a country run by Mr. Trump and his cohort must behave in a way that doesn’t conform to any sort of normality.

Recently we’ve seen a number of instances of dissent being silenced in several countries. I’m glad that I live in a country where being pilloried in “Private Eye” is much more likely than imprisonment or eli

mination by the state.

Nowadays we each have to edit the supposed information that comes our way. ‘Fake news’ is bound to appear on the same platforms as genuine fact and sensible comment. Could it just be that each of us overestimates his or her capacity to know the difference between truth and falsehood?

My security comes from living in a place I like, among a community I like and respect (some more than others!). We all seem to rub along pretty well, and most of us have comfortable lives. However, when we look around more closely, we can see that many of us have problems. We don’t have to look far to see somebody we can help in some way.

Winter is just around the corner, so I’ll return to my constant theme: “If I can

help somebody on the way through life, then my living will not be in vain”.

Has anybody else become aware of the fact that the increase in the length of life of the average Brit has gone into reverse?

Thoughts on a postcard please.
One of these days I’ll aim for originality.

Harry

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