One of my favourite places to think is in the shower. And today’s thoughts were on the old theory: That the total is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Possibly not a very trendy idea at the moment.. in this age of individualism (is that a word? It is now!) , but true anyways. Example can be seen everywhere. Marriage-type partnerships being the most obvious – two people together can achieve much more, and make it through things much better than two people alone. And we see that in family and extended family groups too. We all know it. And yet for some reason we don’t extrapolate that to society.
With the trend of a user pays, individualist society we are losing the benefits that are afforded by a ‘pitch-in’ society. I’m talking about healthcare, education, public transport and other necessities. Sure it’s a bit of a drag to help friends move house, but when it’s your turn and all your mates turn up it’s all worth it and then some. Like The Cat Empire. The six guys are all fabulous musos. But together they create something that is way beyond what they could create individually. Thus with society. If I talked to someone down the street they would understand these illustrations. Why can’t they understand that it works for society too? Am I stretching it? Am I simply an idealist? Is it time for coffee?