Most of you are probably sick about hearing the European Union and whether Britain should stay in it, so I’m just going to get straight to the point, the fact is we can’t really predict what how it will play out until it’s happened, however I still believe it would be in our interests to stay in.
It’s a shame to see that geometric conceit still exists in Britain, the belief that we are a much more formidable world power than we really are. I’m not saying that I’m not ashamed to be British and that every other country is better than ours, but we need to accept that we don’t have the power we once had, and alone our voice is not as strong as it once was. If we want to be included in the changing world we need remain in, and not move to the sidelines. As David Cameron said, “If we weren’t in there helping write the rules they would be written without us – the biggest supporter of open markets and free trade – and we wouldn’t like the outcome.” I don’t usually agree with what he has to say, but this I can agree with.
However, Britain’s position in the world isn’t the most important reason for me. I fear that by losing our ties with Europe our culture and society will become isolated, which could possibly lead to an increase in xenophobia, and I believe that Britain would be weakened by that. I recently received a letter from a group supporting the “Brexit”, talking about the EU having further political unity like it was something we should avoid. I believe that stronger political unity will not only benefit others, but our own country as well.
Furthermore, whilst we benefit from the EU, the EU benefits from us, the fifth largest economy in the world. Countries that are suffering economic hardships within the EU are able to get back on their feet and recover thanks to countries like ours supporting the EU, and now there’s the possibility of us turning our back on them. This decision isn’t just about us, but will affect many others as well. I urge you to consider this when deciding which way to vote.
About a week ago I took part in an audition for a public speaking competition for our school, and I whilst I didn’t get through I still believe that this message needs to be spread. Unfortunately the piece was too long for the five minute time limit we had, so this piece has been adapted without those limitations in mind, however the core message is still the same. Some people may say that this is idealistic, and that it will never happen, I say that this is our only realistic option of maintaining a sustainable society.
“If the entire history of earth was condensed into 24 hours, modern humans would have existed for around 1 minute and 17 seconds. In reality this means that humans have been around for around 150,000 years. In this relatively short time on earth our African tribal ancestors have settled across every continent on the planet, excluding Antarctica. Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum suggests that if we look 100,000 years into the past, we still share the planet with several other species of human, and yet we are the only species to have survived. In 125,000 years since leaving Africa we have overcome every obstacle the natural world has thrown at us, including rapid climate change, natural predators and even other human species to conquer the planet, but this was not achieved by brute force alone. One key element attributed to the success of our species is our ability to combine complex planning with language in order to spread new ideas from one individual to another, which in the past led to the development and spread of more sophisticated tools and equipment to be able to deal with the ever changing world. However, since the first civilisations began around 6,000 years ago, this essential part of our being has seemed to have been forgotten, replaced by centuries of conflict and war, killing our fellow man for the sake of wealth, land and ideological change. Even now, in our most peaceful period in history, there is still major conflict across the world, but I believe there is a way in which we can change this. Continue reading “The Case for a Harmonious Society”