I was recently recommended a book called More Human by Steve Hilton. It talks about the many ways we can design a world in which humans come first.
All our institutions – from government to business; our lives; our education; our food; our health systems – have all become too big, impersonal and industrialised. The world has become far too inhuman.
I reflect on this, after our recent world-changing mental health conference, Thrive2020. Many of the solutions to the seemingly impossible problem of mental ill-health lie in the community and in finding ways to be more human with each other.
To give you an example, there is a phrase that I really dislike, used to describe people who use our mental health service. That phrase is ‘service users’. Those who refer to people in this way are trying to create a service culture within the healthcare system – for all the right reasons. But to me, it epitomises the problem. Lack of service is not the real issue in our world. It is lack of humanity.
The professionalisation of the world has given many benefits, but also many drawbacks. Every time a suit is worn, a protocol is followed. We lose a piece of ourselves in the process.
What we need is a revolution in humanity. The creation of a world in which we can get back to community in everything we do.
- How do we build a world in which heart and soul matter just as much as ‘head’?
- How do we build a world in which community comes first?
- How do we build a world in which every single human being can thrive?
The answers to these questions do not lie in the systems that govern our lives today. The answers lie in the timeless wisdom of the past merging with the very best of the technological possibilities of the future.
The great news is that people in the world are beginning to work out wonderful new ways of doing things – and our old systems are finding it harder and harder to suppress what is humanly possible.
The world of institutional control and order is beginning to crumble. And in its place, a much more vibrant, diverse and human world is dawning.