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‘It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.’ I quote Sir Winston Churchill. Having placed my faith in democracy – in liberty, equality, and education to back it – it’s inevitable I find myself butting my head against yet another glass ceiling. We must face up to our limitations – we humans are the original dreamers, creators, thinkers, the maker of rules and constitutions. As Mahatma Gandhi pointed out, it makes no difference whether ‘destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?’ The same is true of religion, an idea or belief system that results in an inequitable distribution of resources. We not only have the ability to define, extend the limits of our ideas as much as our actions. We need to do so when they are found wanting. Isn’t that what civilisation is all about?

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