OK. Am sophisticated enough to know events and personalities are just as important as the long sweep of history; but …
At one time we were just as overwhelmed with Blair as we are now with Corbyn.
It’s cool when a leader with the political empathy people like both the aforementioned have shown catalyse moribund societies into action: provide the much-needed bridges against the walls the bad and sad always build; say what we are unable to verbalise; capture our thoughts and display them before we even knew we ever had them.
And I am not proposing we compare the politics of Corbyn and Blair at all here.
But when charismatic leaders and charismatic leadership (see Weber for the latter – and Harold Evans!) come together, the power to act becomes almost Harry Potter-like! Mean it, honest …
Magically explosive, just about almost.
Am not putting a dampener on the proceedings; not my intention at all. But I would like the future to be good, not dark. We’re too accustomed to dark of late. We don’t deserve to be any more.
It’s OK to star; more than OK. But we should star to make space for others to do more, not star to push the envelope of our own belief systems around these others, who in principle have every right to co-exist on equal terms.