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UK Postal Strike : Why I’m compelled to support the posties whatever my inclinations

"Our not being immediately afflicted by the concerns of others does not absolve us from suffering from the consequences of apathy. We might misattribute the cause of these consequences, but consequences are not similarly misdirected.


Our not being immediately afflicted with the concerns of others does not absolve us from suffering the consequences of apathy. We might misattribute the cause of these consequences, but consequences are not similarly misdirected.

Whilst the media, Royal Mail, members of various political parties, amongst others, tend to portray the threat of a postal strike as an ‘attack on customers’ – stopping short of saying ‘innocent civilians’ – ‘taking the nation hostage’, being a ‘great inconvenience’, and so on, I’m willing to give up the prompt delivery of my bills, presents, cards, letters, withhold all purchases requiring delivery by Royal Mail, and boycotting Royal Mail by not pursuing my philatelic pursuits, for not only the sake of our ‘posties’, but for something of greater significance – the reinforcement of collective empathy.

It is clear from the way the impending strike is being portrayed, that there is a concerted effort to fragment the population by interests, and more specifically, self-interest. Just as I’ve witnessed many a blogger gravitating toward self-validating enclaves of interest and refusing to spare a thought for anything without, I fear the replication of this mindset in the non-binary hemisphere. I’m unnerved by the constant reference to the postal strikers as ‘socially irresponsible’ and ‘self-interested’ when this can only be true within a milieu where mass self-interest is true. It is only when empathy is collectively dispensed with, that all collective action by groups can be logically viewed as self-interested. Picture a situation where a particular group demonstrates for equal rights and the unaffected masses grumble at their holding up the lanes that lead to a great sale and you’ll know what I mean. It is a paradoxical situation where mass apathy is relied upon or reinforced so that empathetic action pursued by groups may be viewed as apathetic. For the strikers to be viewed as ‘socially irresponsible’, the masses will first have to have their social responsibility and empathy compromised. This sees a redefinition of the very idea of ‘social responsibility’ and ‘empathy’, and it relies on the reduction of the individual to a self-serving entity with a severely contracted appreciation of the familial for its definition.

This cannot be countenanced. Thus, my unreserved support for the ‘posties’. They are struggling for something much more that might very well be beyond their own immediate cognizance – as all struggles are for much more than the worth placed on them by its participants due to our proximity to the self and related interests. However, It is only in our empathetic recognition and appreciation of the generic status and definition of collective empathy and social responsibility that enables us to discern its true meaning and enable it come to fruition through the act of another. In that, the strike action impresses upon us the significance of generic empathy in an industry-specific dialect.

Hence, I do not see the postal strike as an inconvenience, an ‘attack on customers’, or an act that ‘holds the nation hostage’, but an opportunity to affirm my faith in the value of collective empathy and social responsibility come what may. Our not being immediately afflicted with the concerns of others does not absolve us from suffering the consequences of apathy. We might misattribute the cause of these consequences, but consequences are not similarly misdirected.


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