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Future of our children should be guiding philosophy

Our problem is that the vast majority of us have no idea where we are going or why we are here, says Vincent Hannan

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

'For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings' -- Shakespeare, Sonnet 29

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I HAVE long maintained that the only way to deal with blatant insanity and injustice is by way of peaceful, non-violent, non-confrontational, non-co-operation as Gandhi suggested. I reckon that if you have nothing positive or constructive to say, then you should say nothing, and I have held fast to the belief that no one does wrong consciously but that they are simply not all there. I have therefore done nothing, said little and had my beliefs tested to a tremendous degree over the last 14 years.

Seeing as I believe that the worst that could happen in Ireland happened last November, when a man chose to take the lives of his two little girls and then went away and committed suicide -- now that we have made more progress in the last 14 days than we have in the last 14 years towards maturity, and what positivity remains as a result needs so desperately to be capitalised upon, I feel compelled to look at our fundamental problems, as individuals, as a nation, as a continent and as a species, their solutions and the potential consequences of the manifestation of those solutions.

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