we are not objects!
Today we are told according to researchers, that there are now seven categories of class in Britain. This is a disgraceful waste of research funding, and more importantly it highlights the general drift to primarily evaluate people by their interests, income, and work positions. It mirrors the tendency in recent times for people to be viewed as objects, whether as employees or as members of this country, by politicians. Even trade union leaders are not exempt, seeking this week to plan a General Strike, ostensibly against austerity, but primarily to raise their profile. Who will be "used" ? Their members and the general public. Let us not forget, that each of us is a subject. As Meister Eckhart, the C14th. German Dominican monk maintained; - 'The seed of God is in us. If the seed has a good, wise and industrious cultivator, it would thrive all the more, and grow up towards God'.
So when we look at our own ways of perceiving others, whether we are a dictator in North Korea, or an employer, or a politician, let us all reflect on that. Thank you, Tom Baxter