The generous society can be our future

British politics has recently been exploring new depths. It has become a place where almost any behaviour can be justified in the name of claiming and keeping power. The current government sadly embodies this phenomenon. It is undermining its own efforts to improve society by testing and warping the boundaries of what is tolerable to voters.

Dishonesty and cruelty are no strangers to politics, but they need not be foundational to our expectations of those who serve us as representatives. These behaviours are ultimately symptoms of a deeper problem: cowardice. A refusal to serve the whole of society, giving one or another group preferential treatment, is a failure of leadership borne of a critical lack of bravery. By opening up politics to become more like the society we live in – full of differences and disagreements, but capable of consensus and cooperation – we can find the courage that has driven the finest leaders and public servants in history to put others’ needs above their own.

Generosity is a beautiful quality. It is one we all wish to experience from others, especially those with power over us. It is also one we all wish others to experience from us. Perhaps more precisely still, it is one we all wish we had the power to use for those we care about. Finally and fundamentally, we all wish we could be more generous to ourselves: questioning our decisions less, fearing missed opportunity less often, and feeling grateful for the successes of others, rather than envying them. In a liberal society, more people would have these powers, and we would all be vastly richer for it.

It is high time that we built this generous society: one that gives every individual the power to shape their own journey and to create the best possible life they can imagine.

We need not carry on wandering around in the dark, kept from this future. We have the knowledge and the means to achieve it. We need only convince those around us that this vision exists and is achievable.

We hope you will join us in making this vision a reality.

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