Along our journey in life, we can choose the path that is put in front of us. The alternative is to take a path and then begin to dig a new path in a different direction. Taking the path that is laid out before us is the least risky, the safe alternative. It is a path largely directed by those before us, not by the individual.
Out of the rubble of World War II in Europe came an idea and a collective desire by the major powers of the region to work together, to ensure that they would never be in armed conflict with one another again. This started with the European Coal and Steel Community, formed in 1952 and followed up by the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which formed the European Economic Community. This involved Italy, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. By the 1970s the UK, Ireland and Denmark had joined. Then in the 1980s things began to get carried away. The Schengen agreement for free movement of people and the inclusion of Portugal, Greece and Spain set the stage for an octopus with tentacles that were beginning to grasp far beyond its ability to grip.
I spent over 10 years working in the Oil and Gas industry. It is common knowledge that this industry is much maligned for being run and employed by selfish capitalists that will stop at nothing to rape the planet for financial reward. Some of this commentary is fair, but it misses the larger point. You find executives and staff with this mentality everywhere in today’s capitalist society. This self-interest just isn’t measured the same way in every industry or it isn’t as transparent.
I have seen that look before. You are awkwardly looking away as you and I are trapped in an elevator or some other confined space and you’re a pretty girl. You probably get hit on every time you find yourself in this situation. You are afraid I might say something and make you feel uncomfortable. But don’t worry – I’m not going to bother talking to you. Recently in Nottingham, police have begun to institute a policy where they can arrest men for “hate crimes” if they “bother” women, or “make them uncomfortable” in public. Basically, if you hit on a girl in the street and said girl does not find you attractive, you are at risk of being arrested.