Just Sayin’ Monday I

To begin the week on a thinking note, I am making the Just Sayin’ Monday with food for thought until the next post: various quotes (always in speech marks) from books, articles, interviews I am reading as well as miscellaneous thoughts (in italic) en vrac. Things I find witty, well-put or will trigger deeper thinking.

In a society that managed to ensure endless plenty, voluntary deprivation has become a quality.

Every time we single out people by underlining what makes them “different” in the eyes of many, we effectively remove them from our community and reduce their humanity further. This aloofness allows us to feel less guilty about our intolerance and violence against them.

“When terrorists strike, we are told nothing will ever be the same. The full power of the state is marshalled to prevent a recurrence. If innocent people have to go to jail and basic human rights are violated, so be it. Lives are on the line. But when banks defraud the country into crisis, precious little changes The bonuses keep coming. Profits keep rising. Regulation remains weak. If wealthy, guilty people have to remain free to make money, and the living standards of working people have to decline, so be it. It’s just livelihoods on the line. »

“There are many different ways to be poor but there seems to be increasingly one single way to be rich.”

“They [Ukip] are the lone critics of immigration – leaving aside, of course, The Sun, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Times, the Tories and oh, the Labour leadership too”.

I have learnt something in the past 30 years of my life. When it comes to weight, the people who matter don’t mind and the people who mind don’t matter.

“If the national minimum wage had kept pace with FTSE 100 CEO salaries since 1999, it would now be £18.89 per hour instead of £6.50. However, for some reason broadcasters rarely ask CEOs about the gulf between their pay and that of the poorest staff in their organisations. The unstated implication is that the lowest-paid staff are lucky to have any job at all, and only have what they have thanks to the benevolence of the 1%, with their superior leadership skills.”

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