World Views

Up on the Ridgeway with Charli, a good place to be on a hot sunny day: not quite the same as enjoying a cooling sea breeze, but better air than in the Thames Valley.

I’d expected to encounter more people than we normally do – after all, it’s holiday time – but it was as pleasantly quiet as other times of year – a couple of horse riders, two walkers, a farmer working in a field some way off.

A dried-up path on the Ridgeway; an accidental photo snapped as we stopped to let a horse and rider go by.

A dried-up path on the Ridgeway; an accidental photo snapped as we stopped to let a horse and rider go by.

Seeing the farmer, the rather obvious thought occurred that his world view is almost certainly going to be wholly different than mine, shaped not least by the solitude of his day to day life and the openness of the space he’s working in. It is very hard to remember the variety of world views that there are; the fallacy of believing your own world view to be common is far easier to accept.

Perhaps we should try a system of government by a parliament of deliberately selected differing world views – with the key element being ‘deliberately selected’. Membership should be akin to jury service; a duty to society. At present, parliament is self-selecting and thus peopled by similar individuals. For all their variation and allegiances, all politicians share a drive for power, an urge to govern others, a belief that they are fit to govern others.

Arguably, possessing any kind of drive for power over others should be reason enough to bar an individual from any kind of office. The trouble is, that sounds glib and thus easily dismissed. The real trouble is, it might be true.