Saturday long runs are my favourite running session. The pace is slow, the roads are long and I’m in no rush to come back home. Once my legs are warmed up, they can be put on autopilot and my mind can wander off. I start to ponder ideas that might be stupid and naive, but what the hell, it’s not like I’m in power to implement any of them.
They’re rough around the edges and I publish them not as a finished product but as a conversation starter. Who knows where they might lead you and where our conversations might end. As always, I’m at the risk of making a complete fool of myself, but it is a risk worth taking.
I invite you to take the long run with me.
Ready? Set? Go!
The winter air is cold and stings around my ears. Just one foot in front of the other and it will pass. I’m warming up. Remember, you love this. Fuck, it’s cold, let’s think about something else. Geez, how many people are out today! Don’t they know it is still a pandemic going on? They want to bring everyone down with them, don’t they? Hellooooo, what’s wrong with you people? (guess who’s irritated today)
The highest and the lowest climber share the same rope
This is something overachievers might not like, but in principle, it should ensure a much wider distribution of fairness in society. It also puts more skin in the game. Here are some examples:
- Let’s consider parliamentary immunity. I think it should go both ways, if members of the government or parliament are granted full immunity on whatever they say, they should be immunised too. In praxis, that means that we — the people — who pay for their hours of work and privileges they enjoy, can freely talk shit about them, without having to fear of being sued or prosecuted. We pay for their hours, we are their bosses, we own them (in a way), so we shouldn’t be punished for scrutinising them, however vulgarly. At the end of the day, it is simply tit for tat; immunity needs to go both ways if it is to be fair.¹
- Extending that idea: if a poor person is prosecuted, a cheap (and often rather worthless) attorney is assigned to defend them. On the other hand; if…