Twenty Six

Hello, world!

So it’s safe to say, so far, 2018 is NOT going to plan. I started the year with the best intentions; I had a new job, exciting plans for this site and a colour coded spreadsheet to help me gain some control over my finances. Unfortunately, the universe had other intentions and decided to make me homeless for about a month and a half due to a shitty plumber causing 100L of water to leak under the floorboards of my flat. After six weeks of uncertainty, stress, and a LOT of takeaways (I had no kitchen for a month!) I now have a wonderful house, and things are starting to feel a lot more settled.

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2018 – My Year of Ethical Living

2017 was a strange year for me. In many ways, it was an incredible year. I changed a lot, my confidence grew, and I learnt more about myself. I had new and exciting experiences; it was my first year in Manchester, I lived with one of my best friends, progressed a lot in my career and joined the National Trust. There were also hard times; work was never easy, I had a tough break-up from an otherwise fantastic relationship, amongst other personal struggles. All in all, though, 2017 has been a good year for me.

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What are the Marks of a True Friend?

In my experience, there are two kinds of friends. Friends by convenience and friends by choice. Friends by convenience are people you have in your life that you’re friends with because you see them a lot, maybe you work together, study together, or live near one another. You might be close, you might hang out a lot, but if you leave that job, finish your studies or move away – more often than not you’ll lose touch and find other people.

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Go With You

I’m in my twenties. I’m at that point in life when I’m meant to be an adult, but I feel like a kid. I have a full-time job, live in the middle of Manchester, pay my taxes, blog about politics and do all my own washing – but I have no idea what I’m doing. Honestly, I feel like I missed the adulting class at school or something, everyone around me seems like they know exactly what they’re doing. I’ve got friends my age who are getting engaged, married or having families. Friends who have already got their dream job, are travelling the world, studying to become doctors or engineers, or just living the carefree life. Everybody seems to know what their place is in the world and I’m just trying my best at winging it.

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Why We Can’t Let Theresa May Rip Up the Human Rights Act

During her catastrophic election campaign, in a speech talking about tackling terrorism and extremism, Theresa May pledged, ‘If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it.’ Here, she was suggesting, that Human Rights are a threat to our national security, that somehow the Human Rights Act helps to protect terrorists and puts ordinary citizens at risk. This could not be further from the truth. Firstly, the rights that Theresa May is claiming protect terrorists are the right to a fair trial and the right not to be tortured. Removing these allows the government to spend less on the police or security services because they don’t have to go through the ‘hassle’ of making sure they’ve got the right person. It allows them to act without any accountability, saving money and putting ordinary citizens, like you and me, at risk.

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Do you have the power to change the world?

If you did, what would you change?

It’s a big question – because let’s face it, there is a lot that is wrong with the world today. Theresa May wants to scrap the Human Rights Act, over 10,000 innocent people have killed in the last 5 years which has caused what the United Nations is calling ‘the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time’, hundreds of men in Chechnya have been abducted and tortured because they are gay, I could go on… It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that there is nothing we can do the change this.

But what if we can?

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Snowflake Awakening

Politics in the West, particularly the UK and the USA, is a bit of a shit-show. The current President and Prime Minister are probably the least popular leaders in the last 100 years. The division between the right and the left is more palpable than ever. On the face of it, this is terrible. But lying beneath the surface is the reality that for the first time in a long time, people are realising that politics is important, and that their beliefs are worth fighting for.  

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Something New

I’m by no means an expert in political thought. I’ve never studied politics, up until recently (Brexit, Trump, the mindfuckery of Theresa May’s wheat fuelled political suicide otherwise known as the snap election) politics has never really affected my life. I think that’s why, lately, I’ve been relatively quiet on the blog front. Since I stopped identifying with Christianity and ‘completed’ my deconstruction, I’ve had no real need to post about theology. Philosophy and ‘radical’ theology have interested me, but again, since God died, I’ve not many ideas interesting enough to blog about. Politics is something which I’ve had a growing interest in, and have touched on a couple of times in my blog but, most of the time, I’ve not felt confident enough in my understanding of politics to contribute anything meaningful.

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Who Am I?

I’m just about to return from a week in Belfast, hanging out with my buddy Pete Rollins at his ‘Wake’ festival. It’s been a week of discussion, drinking and debate, centring around the theme of the absurd. It’s given me a lot to think about, and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of posts on here over the next few months as I try to process everything I’ve learnt and experienced this week. Belfast has become a very special place to me, the city is rich with culture and history, with a vibrant music and comedy scene and an endless supply of pubs and bars to experience them in. The troubles in the late 20th century are still incredibly recent, and even though it’s nineteen years since the ‘Good Friday Agreement’, the city is still very much reeling from the events that took place.

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