31 Mar Cafe on the Corner
Queues at the petrol stations and fuel running out, despite a normal level of fuel supply … have we all gone mad?!
I’ve just watched an interesting clip of psychologist Dr Clifford Scott, who points out that it’s not madness or irrational thinking that makes people go and fill their car with petrol in such situations. Far from it – it’s really very logical, when facing a fuel shortage, to make sure you’ve got enough petrol to get you to work the next day!
But the problem lies in the individualism. A selfish way of thinking as opposed to a collective one. He says we need to start thinking more as a community. I agree with him.
Resilience revolves around trust and confidence…a sense of collective and social identity. – Dr Clifford Scott
Speaking of which, a great new community café has recently opened near where I live in Manchester!
Set up by Becca Kind (who wouldn’t want a mention, but is going to get one for all her hard work), its aim is to be a place for community, cake and chat – three very essential ingredients, I think, in a society that is increasingly fragmented, with people leading busy lives, disconnected from their local neighbourhoods.
The special launch event happened yesterday morning with live music from local musicians, Kath Ord and Chana Yuchatel, some really delicious cake, plenty of hot proper coffee and tea and a very lively, busy atmosphere. The age range went from 10 days old to 96 years old!
I’m so chuffed to live in Moss Side, with neighbours like these …