Until a ’cause’ directly impacts upon your life you have little interest in it, it is not important to you and does not affect you in any way.
Perhaps you can feel sympathy towards people afflicted by disability, mental health issues, poverty, homelessness but as it doesn’t directly affect you’re less likely to campaign for it.
With Teengirl’s diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome disability suddenly directly affected us. And Teengirl is now eager to get involved in helping change things for people with disabilities.
Last night after a long chat about why the world isn’t more disabled friendly we came to the, not too startling, conclusion that it’s because it affects a minority not a majority.
Those not affected by it don’t ever consider it.
Before I had children I’d no idea how hard it would be to get across London on the tube with a baby in a buggy. Prior to losing my job last year I hadn’t considered how people on benefits were made to feel like scroungers and how welfare cuts and changes would impact upon vulnerable people who have been propelled into joblessness through no fault of their own.
During our chat we realised that our current (and previous) government is made up of people who have never experienced the things that are important to many of their constituents. So they disregard them because they don’t what it’s like to have their lives crash around them suddenly.
How many MPs have ever had to claim benefits? How many are single parents? How many MPs are disabled? How many have suddenly lost their job without a safety net? How many MPs have lived on less than the average salary? How many have struggled with mental health issues? How many MPs have had their lives turned upside down in a car crash?
How many MPs actually access the NHS? How many have chronic illnesses? How many MPs have got to the end of the month, looked at their bank account and realised there’s only £20 left and had to make the hard decision between food or electricity?
How many politicians have lived in real poverty?
You see, if the people with the control over our country have not experienced the many various issues that affect so many of us in so many different ways they cannot effectively, considerately and consciously govern.
Because they disregard so much of what affects us because they’ve never lived it or felt the impact upon their lives.
It’s time, I think, for our Houses of Parliament to be filled not with sociopaths, nepotism and moneyed old boys but with men and women who have lived in the real world.
I want to see a government made up of people with disabilities, single parents, people who’ve experienced real poverty, people with mental health issues, working class heroes, middle and upper classes, all colours, all religions, all sexualities, young people – all together in one big melting pot of a parliament truly representing the people of this country.
With each of them earning an average wage and a normal level of expenses.
Not a parliament filled with people representing the good of the party, people chasing the money, fame (infamy in some cases), power and control with no knowledge of real life.
I’d step into the political arena in a second but there’s no party I could affiliate myself with.
None of them represent me or the future of my children.