A fun blog of 'soft' philosophy about the life and times of a Westiepoo called Chester. Written as a prelude to a more serious novel raising the question: Who is the most bankrupt: the banker who won't whistle-blow or the chef who loses her livelihood?
The provisional title of my master's work is "Never, Never, Debt!" It originates from the influential Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn who has written many a passionate lyric covering human rights, politics, and spirituality. One of his songs, "Call it Democracy" (from the album World of Wonders, produced by True North Records, 1986), is perhaps the only song ever written about the IMF, which Cockburn accused of fostering insupportable debt in Third World countries. Typically not pulling any punches, Cockburn charges that the IMF does not "really give a flying f**k about the people in misery." His opinion predicates his argument that creditors always make sure that there's one thing left: to keep debtors on the hook with insupportable debt and let them remain as "modern slaves" robbed of any quality of life.
While Mr. A does not wholly concur with the vehemence of Cockburn's rage, he recognises the extreme suffering and unhappiness caused by debt. Debt-ridden peoples and nations become subjugated to intolerable profiteering and in effect are 'modern' slaves. He has therefore chosen to highlight the need for liberty, true freedom and ultimate salvation from such hardship through the principle of 'Jubilee.'
His writings and the thinking behind Mr. A's work reflect his desire to warn the modern world that insupportable levels of personal, corporate and governmental debt will not only affect the existing 'poor', but it will also cause untold misery for the masses of unexpecting aspirational middle classes too. Psychological, emotional and mental health will suffer, family bonds and relationships will break, and trust and confidence in a cynical society will be at an all-time low. It just takes one event, one occasion to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, one misjudgement, for the status quo to crumble and lo and behold catastrophic failure.
The good news is that all of this is redeemable. People and nations can see restoration, but it requires a new kind of politics, a new kind of economics and a new kind of, dare I say it, "repentance" from modern corporate capitalism to a post-modern appreciation of community, solidarity, justice, gift, service and subsidiarity.
So although I am on the bridge to nowhere in particular, my master is on the move.