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June 22, 2011

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Mr WH

Isn't this missing a point though? The underlying assumption seems to be that there's a choice between a) living a good life or b) striving for some future goal that may or may not succeed (and, rationally speaking, probably won't). But how do you live a good life? Perhaps people -- perhaps not everyone, but regardless -- require a sense of purpose to be happy: b) is how one gets a).

ph

Oscar Wilde and socialism taking up too many evenings springs to mind.

Shuggy

Hmmm, I've made something like this point to some people who have pointed out that I'm missing the social gains involved in political activism. There's the whole social networking gains, which also spill into professional lives. Count how many journos have begun as activists spending their energies pursuing the impossible. There's quite a few - and you're one of these, are you not?

chris

@Shuggy - I suspect that only a minority of activists get career advancement as a result ("Many ys were xs" does not imply "many xs become ys"). I certainly was not one of them: my political views and my work have always been entirely separate - though I'm not sure how far there's been a conflict between them.

Rich

Another way to look at this is that we should make small amounts of political activism spread across many people more effective.

For a short while the Number 10 petition site sort of looked like it might do that, before the last government stopped even pretending to take notice. Some sort of technology to allow people to discuss and register their views on a wide range of topics, perhaps backed with individually small amounts of money, might work.

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