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The curious case of BEING BRITISH

Another fascinating blog entry from Jon Twigge/UK brought to our attention

by Albert - a conclusive excerpt of which is copied below -

A Worrying Trend

But at this point, I want to note what is relatively recent and rather worrying trend.  Britain is a leading exponent of human rights and equality for everyone.  So far so good.  Our fairness and sense of justice has been combined with a modern global political correctness that means that everyone is equal and has equal rights.

The trouble is, and i better say this rather quietly in case anyone with too strong a sense of justice is listening, this modern PC equality is becoming dominant to the point that it is applied so that everyone is given rights regardless of whether they exhibit modern traditional Britishness.  We are effectively rejecting our own culture and values and inviting in others to replace it.  I would very quickly remind you, before i get into trouble, that i mean Britishness in terms of being fair and upstanding rather than having the right colour skin.


Losing a Sense of British Values

What this means, all rather frighteningly now i think about it like this, is that British culture is now gradually losing its sense of British values on top of already having lost its geographic identity.  And that does not leave much apart from a politically correct idea of equalness for all.

Now i am getting worried.  We are deliberately giving up our sense of identity and we are creating a new wave of British citizens, both born here and through immigration, who lack a thorough sense of, and identification with, Britishness.  This leaves us somewhat open to minority groups and views of other cultures or disaffected groups to provide stronger senses of identity than we have natively.  These new power bases of identity probably don’t see a strong native Britain to hold them at bay and there is a sense of an ever widening open door to our country.

Maybe that last part sounds suspiciously racist.  It really wasn’t meant to.  I see a need for a once again strong British identity so that we Britain can be a strong member of an ever more global world in the years to come.  The alternative may well be a fractious British community with growing tensions and problems.


An Inspiring Talk

Early last year I attended a talk by Don Beck, who co-authored the early definitive book on Spiral Dynamics, in which he suggested that Britain may well stand closer to a great change, towards a new kind of society, than anywhere else in the world.  The basis of this claim is that change happens, in individuals and societies, when their life circumstances change and develop causing new problems in their lives that their current value systems are not good at dealing with.


I left that talk with a new sense of being British. And of the importance of being British for both Britain and the world.


A New Way

I would politely suggest, in my best English manner, that the decline in identification with traditional British values brought about by an overly politically correct society is indeed bringing about the circumstances and need for a new kind of change right here in Britain.  And i would suggest that the change that is required is the rise of a new kind of British values that respects and upholds a strong combination of and respect for individual expression, social structure and responsibilty, opportunity to succeed and equal rights for all rather than a continual struggle between them.

It is time that we once again become proud to live on this island and to uphold a (new and updated) British way of life so that we can once again stand tall in the world and lead by example.


YOU will triumph in the end and your descendants will be rulers of all England

First posted by Michael Grove on February 12, 2010 at 12:30

Michael said

Gaining momentum INDEED but as I have posted as comment to Jon's excellent blog - The Curious Case of Being British there IS little hope that IT WILL indeed BE ESTABLISHED, anywhere else on earth, before James Lovelock’s prediction of final gaia calamity BECOMES A REALITY … IF a NEW set of British VALUES IS NOT ESTABLISHED.


Albert said Feb 1, 3:00 PM:

Its all a process. Nobody can look into the crytall ball. :):) And meshworking isnt rocket science right now.

Its an art. Its a designing intelligence. The thrill of the total dynamics is working with totally different impulses and fractals.

Including the full range of emotions and deep evolutionary layers.

To ignite a fire of collective passion and compassion which never before was seen. And so to with tens of millions of people and more.

This indeed needs the crazy ones which were featured  

in this Apple comercial some time ago:):)

So getting started for each and everybody

who feels called to it is already a first miracle.


To ignite a fire of collective passion and compassion which never before was

seen BECAUSE of the previous inability of the collective to attune itself to the

wave-lengths of those totally different impulses and fractals.

The rational/logical optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere.

The irrational/illogical pessimist is a person who sees only the red light.

BUT the truly wise person is colour blind as a
result of BEING attuned to ALL the wave-lengths.


Albert said Feb 1, 4:28 PM:


jtwigge said Feb 28, 4:23 PM:

         I would be tempted to say that the wise man sees colours even more brightly

         and sees the beauty that is in all of them. But he still knows to stop at the

         red ones (most of the time). thanks for the invitation :-)

 1Vector3 said Feb 1, 5:42 PM:

           Albert, such inspiring, eloquent, insightful words!! I am sharing them with

           others who are on fire!! 

           Would love a link to that commercial, as I don't partake much of the media

           Hugs, OM Bastet

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

1Vector3 : "Relentless Wisdom"


1Vector3 said Feb 1, 5:55 PM:

Didn't follow the link, but presume this is the transcript. Wowzeeeewow!!!! Guess what altitude THAT was written from, LMAO!!!!

Hugs, OM

Michael : catalyst-producer


Michael said Feb 2, 10:19 AM:

MAY I PRESUME to PERSEVERE with highlighting the very real need for REBELS of the world to unite, by drawing attention to just one of the rabbit holes of the 100,000 rabbit holes or more which I have established here, as zaadz@gaia, for the purpose of distributing the message, within the message, within the message

That ONLY the truly wise person IS attuned to ALL the wave-lengths.



Albert : Warrior


Albert said Feb 2, 5:12 PM:


wisdom alone isnt sufficient. Toughness, boldness, balance and unshakable intentions too. Within the respective cultures.


Michael : catalyst-producer


Michael said Feb 3, 10:33 AM:

2B wise IS 2B endowed with wisdom BUT the truly wise person IS the very
manifestation of
toughness, boldness, balance and unshakable intention to commit
to the holistic integration of ALL respective cultures; in the context of the cosmos
as a whole.

One who IS committed to selfless caring & compassionate - LOVE for ALL
in the face of the evil - of self interested sophistication, greed and arrogance.

Michael : catalyst-producer


Michael said Feb 28, 12:26 PM:

In the context of an island nation that was once at the centre of a global empire, based on the ingenuity and inventiveness of the industrial revolution and Josiah Wedgewood's version of conscious capitalism, IT IS fair to say that the amalgamated experiences of ALL THAT history, actually place BEING BRITISH pretty much up the scale of global human emergence.

I would therefore propose that the CHE-UK should consider the juxtaposition of the REAL LIFE day to day EXPERIENCES of BEING BRITISH against a background of James Lovelock's final warning predictions for the British Isles and begin an SDi debate concerning the holistic model needed to cope, in the first instance, with the following melee of cultural mind-sets.

Fortitude and self-restraint have long been part of our emotional landscape; my wife and I, as a pair of the early “baby boomers”, have always been open to ALL the changes which we have experienced during our 40 plus years of marriage and family upbringing in concert with a maintenance of principles and values instilled by our own parents.

Why is it then that we feel marginalised in our own society and of a mind-set that the pressure on us is forever of a racist nature ?

As we experience our eight grandchildren and their contempories being encouraged to believe that the only things that matter in life are the fame and fortune of celebrity status, are we British, as Marianne Kavanagh suggests

IN DANGER of spinning out of control as tears and tantrums become an increasing feature of public life ?

Albert : Warrior


Albert said Mar 9, 7:15 AM:

Jon, Michael,

you have my full support for any endevors in the UK and CHE UK. We are slowly building up this momentum in Germany too. And it will be enriching, empowering and fascinatng to see our cultures grow within the next decade. To co-create it- communicate in real time.

And pioneering new global integrated work from this emergence. Contributig to global emergence from these 2 cultures which have such a rich stream of indegious intelligencies and contributions to cultural evolution in the last centuries.

3 Cheers to the genius of the United Kingdom!


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Comment by Michael Grove on July 11, 2012 at 12:14

Whilst the peoples of the British Nation live in hope that one day we might be able to celebrate the victory of a British contestant for the Wimbledon Men's Singles final - as we support our heros in the knowledge that our best of British might not quite match the better opponent - from Switzerland as it happens last Sunday - we have a British World Champion Cyclist partaking in the Tour de France - having just taken the yellow jersey lead from another once better opponent again from Switzerland - exclaiming that ...



and that he HOPES that people back home are enjoying it !!!???

This IS INDEED the paradox of the curious case of BEING British.

Much of this particular paradox is rooted in the self effacing nature which lies at the core of BEING British - which has manifested itself in our concept of being fair, as well as being competitive and at the same time typically exclaiming "That's NOT cricket" at any transgression that might arise. 

In the case of Bradley Wiggins, of course - Gilles Le Roch, Reuters cycling correspondent, has best summed the situation up in his article for the Telegraph, by saying - The sickness of cycling is that some people don’t ever want to “see” or acknowledge the good things that have been achieved - for the British riders and cycling.

Comment by Michael Grove on June 1, 2013 at 11:35

Sadly "Wiggo" - Sir Bradley Wiggins - will not be defending his title during the

100th Tour de France this year due to the illness and knee injury which forced

him to drop out of the Giro d'Italia earlier in the season. But as is always the 

British case - we shall be rooting for Chris Froome and his own lieutenant 

Richie Porte - and waiting with bated breath for the result of this year's

Tour de France - as also with this years Wimbledon Men's Singles Final !!!???

Comment by Michael Grove on July 22, 2013 at 7:27

WELL THEN - having waited to see what happened to the TWO/THREE of them -

in case we jinxed any or ALL of them - congratulations are ABSOLUTELY in ORDER

for ALL THREE of THEM - 

First British winner of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final - Andy Murray

and for "froome the bell tolls" ... 100th Tour de France winner - Chris Froome

and his friend and lieutenant Richie Porte and the whole of Team Sky - on and off the bike.

Comment by Michael Grove on September 6, 2013 at 12:54

'Britain may be a small island, but I would challenge anyone

to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or

greater resilience'

Prime Minister David Cameron

Comment by Michael Grove on April 24, 2014 at 8:42

How this new law will be enforced, and how

widely it will be adopted by businesses, remains

to be seen – but surely anything that helps

consumers to know what they are buying,

and by whom it was made, has got to be a

good thing? 

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