Have you ever been on a website and had one of those pop-up mini surveys appear, asking you to vote for your favourite car or food, most attractive celebrity or some other completely random thing?
We can vote about so many different things online and make our voices heard in the most obscure areas.
And yet a lot of people I know have chosen not to vote for actually really important things- such as who gets the power over our country. (Yep, that is what this is about.)
Their reason is: ‘Politicians have broken my trust so many times that I don’t feel I can vote for them anymore. Besides, politics doesn’t interest me.’
Now, I am not about to try and guilt-trip anybody into voting. Woe betides that. Free choice is free choice and besides, that would be unhelpful.
What I am going to do is explain why I think voting is the most awesome thing. I’m also going to try not to be boring about it. Let me remind you that I am only just of a voting age myself, and don’t really have the knowledge or the concentration to go all long-winded about things.
So what’s supposedly cool about voting? Continue reading The Right to Rule
Absolutely everybody has at least one thing they really enjoy and are good at. I am convinced of this.
But we have a problem, as a planet and as societies. So often, these skills go unused.
And yet they are so diverse and so potentially life-changing.
I love reading, writing, learning about history, languages, philosophy and how societies work. I have been able to speak in a national parliament and be on TV. I have been really, really lucky.
My brother doesn’t like learning about those things, but give him a change to learn more about how to make Hobbit houses on Minecraft or create intricate cardboard replicas of World War Two planes, and he will invest a lot of time, energy and brain space in getting it perfect. He can draw to a level that has won him many art contests and gained him an enviable playground reputation (he sells the WWII planes and comic drawings to his school friends, for instance). But his difficulties with school work and tests mean that art school can’t happen for him, and he is at a loss as to what he should do when school finishes.
We all have things we like to do and things we like to learn more about. But we can’t always do anything with them.
But what do our skills have to do with anything? Especially the things I blog about? Continue reading The Power of Potential
Clothes and Us
My school is a non-uniform school. On the one hand, that’s great – we get to express our individuality by wearing the clothes we like instead of all having to conform with an identical uniform. On the other hand, it means have to spend a huge amount of time thinking about clothes.
When I was younger, I just wore what my mum bought me. I had flowery-pattererned cotton trousers, bright, colourful t-shirts made of beautiful, soft fabrics- all nice stuff, all built to last, but scorned by my H&M-wearing, neon-polyester-loving schoolmates. They didn’t care for sensible and lasting. They wanted popular, cheap and flimsy.
We have wardrobes filled with clothes we don’t even wear. We buy on impulse and then forget things. How many of us have crumpled shirts and old cardigans hiding in the back of the wardrobe? I’d bet most of us have.
What’s the solution?
So how do we fix this problem? Do we buy all of our clothing second-hand, upcycle our old stuff and repair all that we can? Or do we buy a few expensive but well-made pieces made from eco materials, and then aim to keep them until they wear out? Continue reading What’s Wrong with Our Wardrobes?