Think the unthinkable
“It is hard to think the unthinkable. It’s hard to think that all of it, all the misery, all the suffering of the past and to come might just be about money, greed and power. It is hard to tell yourself you’ve been taken for a fool and taken for a ride. It’s hard, but the view from the other side is worth the effort and the pain. Open your eyes and see.”
Known for his thought-provoking monologues, Neil Oliver, the Scottish archaeologist, historian, author and television presenter, cuts to the bone on the ideologies of governments and big corporations. He asks –
“Are our governments more interested in enabling, in aiding and abetting the rich, than in lifting so much as a finger to protect our livelihoods, our ways of life?”
“If you have been driving yourself almost demented in an effort to think the best of those in charge – those in senior positions in government, those in charge of the great institutions of State, those running the big corporations – but finding it increasingly impossible to do so … then the solution to the problem might be to turn your point of view through 180 degrees and accept, however unwillingly, that we are … how best to put this … being taken for a ride.”
Oliver does not provide an answer but does make one realize that, ultimately, people can change the situation through the power of their votes.
Neil Oliver has written extensively on history. His The Story of the World in 100 Moments (Amazon link) received reviews such as “brilliant and excitingly ambitious” and “Quite simply one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read.”
In November 2011, Oliver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Abertay Dundee and the University of Glasgow in 2015. He lives in Stirling, Scotland with his wife, three children and two Irish Wolfhounds.
Neil Oliver’s page on GB News.