This is what it comes down to


by Sunny
26th March, 2007 at 5:02 pm    

What is the answer Sunny, you may ask me.

If it’s anything to do with the meaning of life then I’m the wrong person. But if you want to talk social cohesion then the answer is in this short film: people finding ways of mixing with each other, getting their fears and grievances aired, and just making the effort to be nice. It sounds very utopian, but this shows there is lots of good work being done around the country to make this a nicer place to live.
Video sent by Nick from Podnosh.



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  1. Podnosh Blog » Social Cohesion in Dudley and Youtube

    [...] The next stage is the development of a charitable trust called Leaps & Bounds (a very ‘flash’ website) to continue the principle of shifting young lives through the pursuit of artistic excellence and the support of adults. technorati tags: ballet dance social cohesion islam dudleyuk dudley youtube del.icio.us tags: ballet dance social cohesion islam dudleyuk dudley youtube Update: A quick thank you to the following for mentioning this film on their blogs: Front Porch; Catalyst Blog from the CRE; the always erudite Kevin Harris, plus thanks to pickled politics. [...]




  1. douglas clark — on 26th March, 2007 at 5:30 pm  

    Sunny,

    The meaning of life? Easy peasy 42.

    “Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”

    “I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”

    Douglas Adams RIP.

    Good vid.

  2. Sunny — on 26th March, 2007 at 7:27 pm  

    Ahhh yes, I remember that. Douglas Adams – one of the greatest men that ever lived. His trilogy of four still remain imprinted in my head.

  3. douglas clark — on 26th March, 2007 at 7:49 pm  

    Yeah, a trilogy in four parts. I suspect that that is embedded in many peoples minds. Genius, or something more than that? Dunno.

    Just whilst your reading this, are you going to let El Cid write his piece on slavery? He did ask nicely. And he promised to be controversial. Just in case you missed it, this is public service broadcast on behalf of El Cid. And Picklers everywhere who love controversy.

    And you know we do.

    Cheers

  4. Taj — on 26th March, 2007 at 8:48 pm  

    It’s five Hitchhiker’s books; sheesh, don’t people know what a trilogy means anymore?

  5. Nick — on 26th March, 2007 at 9:21 pm  

    Hi Sunny,

    Thanks for mentioning the film. Douglas Adams certainly was a genius – but with instincts were fed by the simple understanding that people suceed through cooperating.

    So as the film suggests: 42 may be one persons meaning of life, but it’s only useful if we have the courage to share it!

  6. douglas clark — on 26th March, 2007 at 10:10 pm  

    Taj,

    Oh shit, is it? Apolgies all round.

    Point, Nick:

    fed by the simple understanding that people suceed through cooperating.

    So he was a genius?

    Yes he was.

  7. Sunny — on 26th March, 2007 at 10:39 pm  

    Did El Cid want to write a piece on slavery? I have no problems with that… where did he ask?

    Nick, agree completely.

    Taj – whoops… just shows how absent-minded I’m getting in my old age.

  8. lithcol — on 26th March, 2007 at 11:02 pm  

    Thread seems to have sidetracked into a Douglas Adams appreciation society. I lived at number 42 for 20 years. Still don’t know the secret of the universe.

    Nice film and I am sure such ventures which are repeated all over the country may have some beneficial effect. The reality is of course somewhat different. Yes humans do better when then they cooperate but they usually do this in groups that have shared values. Often the shared values of one group are inimical to those of another. Conflict is then inevitable.

  9. douglas clark — on 27th March, 2007 at 6:02 am  
  10. douglas clark — on 27th March, 2007 at 6:20 am  

    Lithcol,

    Is that not the point? 42 is the answer and no-one knows what the question is? I lived for twenty odd years at 41. We are being discriminated against in this answer business. It’s a bloody lottery, I tell ya.

    What is the difference between a video and reality? You said:

    “Often the shared values of one group are inimical to those of another. Conflict is then inevitable.”

    I do not agree with that at all. Often they just don’t understand each other, and when they do, conflict can be resolved. Mods and Rockers come to mind, when they understood they were both aliens in a strange land their conflict stopped. But scooters, really!

  11. Nyrone — on 27th March, 2007 at 4:12 pm  

    I really liked the social cohesion short.
    Thanks for putting it up, we need more evidence of these in our world and communities.

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