What have meatloaf and my Mum got in common? They both made me question my personal limits when it comes to accepting an instruction or an idea.
Meatloaf famously sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” I’ll save you a google; he wasn’t prepared to “forget the way you feel right now.”
My Mum, less famously used to ask me “if so and so said jump off a cliff, would you?”
We all have a set of morals engrained within us. From our family values we were raised with, perhaps some influence from friends and associates and maybe guidance of a spiritual or religious nature helping us along the way.
I think most people could answer the question what do you believe in, when it comes a higher power or god like character. Even if the answer is effectively “I don’t know” the chances are you have at some point had a discussion about it, or at least given it some thought to reach an on the fence-outcome. Probed some more I expect you could fall one way or the other to settle on a belief if required.
The idea of a higher power isn’t the matter in question today, but I wonder, in this day and age in which we are being increasingly dictated to by the powers that be, where we as individuals will draw the line, and say this is is beyond my threshold of acceptance.
Before I go any further I’m not advocating law breaking, nor am I glossing over the fact that many people have sadly passed away during this time. My question stands above and beyond the pandemic. This situation only serves to highlight it.
Almost everyone has been affected by the measures put in place over the past 9months. And whilst a carrot of ‘freedom’ is dangled in exchange for social distancing, adorning facial coverings, and closing of pubs and shops. Not to mention scarring the nations mental state for many years to come.
In a year where friends and family have been kept apart, industries destroyed and livelihoods left in tatters the vast majority have skipped through the hoops of compliance in the hope that things can return to how it was.
So, what would the Government have to ask you to do, in the name of the greater good, that would make you question your threshold of acceptance and put your own beliefs before the instructions of Boris and chums?
What is your ‘cliff’ or ‘feeling’ in this situation? The straw that would break the camels back, that for whatever reason would put you in a situation of discomfort warranting your non compliance?
Perhaps it’s not even an instruction from those in Parliament that would make you snap. It could be a situation at home or work that could escalate too far for your liking, and finally become too much. What is your point of elasticity, that beyond there, you will not return to how you were before.
There is no right or wrong answer to this. We are all individuals, and each living our lives to our own set of values and I completely respect that.
You don’t have to leave an answer, but if you do, please be constructive.
Love to you all. Andy