During a local radio programme in Hull in the UK, the presenter touched upon the pressing issue of rough-sleepers as they contradicted the message that the city was trying to deliver as being the UK City of Culture 2017.
To give some context to the quotes below, the first is a copy of an application further mentioned in the link below that, which is the email responding to the radio programme. The first quote is the piece I delivered in one minute to a panel auditioning for the Face Of Hull 2017. Two psychiatrists were passengers in my taxi and they both told me that I should try to respond to the advert from the BBC in Hull as I could then inform people about stuck-addiction©️ as I did their job.
However, a really capable young man was appointed and he has done a great job, much better than I could have done. There is still the point to be made though, when it comes to the pressing matters of the day – like who will win and who will pay.
The email following the job application is the one responding to the rough sleepers in Hull and the symbolic message that Hull could carry to the wider world about the need for a conversation containing a deeper resonance.
“1. If this job was just about art, music and mushy peas – then any number of people could do it …. However … this job is also about a deeper resonance …. The two doctors in my taxi who insisted I come here after hearing me talk of era change, said that this is my job ….
You …. “can only not prevent me from producing it”.
2. I am a true son of Hull, of Hu …. Hu is an Arabic word for he, she, it …. Hu is also the word for the invisible Essence of the Universe
…. Life is the double Hu, the invisible meeting the visible …. The post-code of Hull is HU – Huu – God’s own city, hidden in plain sight ….
3. This City is an edge city …. Life has kept me on Its edge ….
This City now calls me forward to serve it, to present it as her Master of Ceremony.”
“There are no sound-bites that I can offer to adequately respond to your excellent piece on rough sleepers in Hull. I attach the application that I read to the appointing panel after having been ordered to apply for the job that Kofi Smiles has done so well since the beginning of Hull2017.
The point of sending you a copy of the application is that it talked of what is going on under the veneer of a global culture that Hull naturally symbolises as a spotlight city, in this global culture that is struggling to find a workable identity post financial crash.
For many years I have been offering a paradigm of an illness that is collapsing the executive function of systemic bodies. I offer this paradigm not as a solution, but as an orientation clarification to invite with urgency, anyone who is involved with leadership and policy decisions, on both a corporate and a political level.
Nobody wants to be the Human billboard that shouts from the rooftops that it’s the end of the world. However, as a therapist well versed in recovery dynamics, there comes a point in any meltdown whether individual or systemic, when a reality check is necessarily delivered.
Key Performance Indicators or KPIs are used systemically to measure performance and to discipline the living components of an undertaking to improve their efficiency.
When an individual gets ill, their KPIs collapse as their executive function becomes increasingly distressed. Denial can set in and with the disease of addiction, the story that is told by the sufferer to themselves and to all on the receiving end of their dysfunctional behaviour, well this story becomes increasingly strained, increasingly bizarre.
To get back to the living metaphor that is the City of Kingston upon Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017, there is much that is quite rightly being celebrated as having been achieved. The enthusiasm, the energy, the physical refacing of the city centre that eventually came on stream, the eye catching stunts, the heart warming creativity and poetic, theatrical and musical expressions of hope, passion and freedom, all this and more is just magnificent. There is also the collapse of meaning, the dissonance between the hype and the actual lives of city dwellers who slip deeper into debt, deeper into despair, deeper into pretence.
The world is dying in front of us. The KPIs of national and international affairs are blasting out their message despite the denials and talking up of the desperate optimists, the new age affirmers that insist that the kettle will still boil simply by replacing the negative wire with a positive wire, as long as the mantra of ‘live in the now’ is chanted loudly enough at the tea pot.
There are no easy answers, we all have to write our way into a new age. The first step is to enter into a possible conversation, a conversation that faces up to reality.
Your programme sometimes tries to approach this real conversation. The issue of rough sleepers in Hull is a conversational portal as to whether money can ever be put into its practical place in Mankind’s affairs, or will we forever insist that The Golden Calf really can ‘moo’, despite thousands of years of proof to the contrary.
A system that delivers as much wealth that half of the world has, into the hands of eight people, is clearly utterly broken.
No issue whether local, national or international will ever be free from the cosmetic, cartoon like hand wringing of news media punditry until the facts of our global illness and imminent cultural collapse is placed front and centre of all of our efforts to understand what is happening.
We are all flogging ourselves to death in a celebrity ridden dystopic version of Rumpelstiltskin.
I am a real optimist, as a species we can outwit the forces of our collective demise, I have seen many individual miracles of a complete healing of a collapsed executive function. The collective is simply the coming together of individuals. If individuals are well, the collective is well. If the greater balance of individuals are unwell in a culture, the culture reflects this and never gets better ‘collectively’.
My web site www.drt.global makes this point with a quote from Jung.
So, I know there is little in this email that is broadcastable today, and I’m sat in a garage unable to even hear you as my taxi is broken and I slip deeper into debt, but I thank you for your courage and award winning efforts to look for the ‘deeper resonance’ that is our place of origin and return, the place of our diction resolution.”