… Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…’I will try again tomorrow.’
We live in a time where populism — on both the left and the right — is surging. People are frustrated with “the system” and “the establishment”, so when somebody steps forward with a simple message condemning the old ways, and promising a quick fix, wrapped in a populist slogan, it often sells. But that is not how lasting, deep change happens. It is not by some mighty stroke of a sword or cancellation of a carbon tax or imposition of a new law that such change happens. It is through the presentation of a vision, the development of a strategy, the cultivation of allies, the building of bridges, and then work, work and work. Sometimes there are setbacks. It may look like you are making no progress. And yet a deeper examination shows that you are. Not by smacking aside the old, but by creating something new, that is understood and supported by the majority. That is change in a democracy. Often slow, until suddenly there is a tipping point, and then it just happens.