Joanne Williamson Interview June 2013

SAMSUNGWhat do you think are the most important questions we should be asking each other?

We should ask each other if we are OK more often, and mean it. I’m as guilty as the next person for not doing this. I think people are more isolated now. I meet up with other mums and my friends most days, but there’s rarely the opportunity to discuss what’s actually going on with each other, because we’re either distracted by what our kids are doing, or whatever’s bothering us is inappropriate to discuss in front of the kids. The same happens online, you can’t discuss what’s really on your mind because EVERYONE sees it. So the opportunities you get to have a proper chat with a friend and really discuss things that matter are few and far between.
What is the epitome of beauty to you?

I don’t think there is a be all end all last word in beauty. I think beauty can be either joyful or confrontational. Anything that provokes an emotional response is beautiful, regardless of what medium it may present its’ self.
If you had one year to live how would you spend your time?

The same way I spend my time with any other deadline hanging over me, trying my best to extend it! I’d be looking into cures or assassins to get rid of whatever the hell’s got it in for me. Death is not an option.


What is the meaning of life to you?

Life is chaos and has no meaning. It is just there to be enjoyed.
What do you think the world would be like if there was no religion?

That’s difficult to imagine….oh no, turns out its easy if I try.

I think ultimately better, faith in whatever deity undermines your belief in yourself. I think living in a world led by adults who are confident in their own abilities to make it a utopia for everyone is preferable to a world full of children waiting for some mythic father figure to come and rescue them from it.


What are the most important social issues that you care about?

Social equality. Everyone has the right to enjoy this planet as much as the next person, regardless of gender, race or financial status. At the moment some feel they are more equal than others.


What have been your highlights of 2013 so far?

Getting my own place! At 31 I’m finally living by myself like a proper grown up! I’ve got my own keys, utility bills and everything. I love it!
What do you feel most grateful for in your life?

My little boy. I know this is a dull answer, but he really did change everything for me.
What are your favourite things about where you live and why?

I have a cake shop and a chippy just down the road from me. How is that not awesome? Also the pub next door does take away Sunday dinner if you bring your own plate. The post office is five minutes’ walk away. This all sounds minor, I know, but it’s stuff like that that makes a community. You get to walk out and see your friends and neighbours, rather than driving out to some soulless super market, where no one knows you. I had a really happy childhood in this town and I’m glad to be back. I feel safe here.

I should point out that we do have a big soulless supermarket, I work there.
Why do you think more and more people are started become critical of capitalism?

My employer pulls in a billion pounds a year in profit, yet was first to take on free labour from the doomed “work experience” initiative a few years back. My employer uses zero hour contracts. My employer places corporate image over an individual’s right to do as they please to their own body. I must give my employer one year of notice to take a holiday. My employer is considered to be one of the best employers in the UK. Hell, they’re not even the worst employer I’ve had!

That’s why people are critical of capitalism. Lots of people are treated like trash to make a very few rich, I think criticism of capitalism has grown because recent events have shown us just how badly corporations are willing to treat people in order to obtain money.


What do you think is the best way to go about creating social change?

At the moment I see a lot of protests and demonstrations against the government and against the corporations who are allowed to exploit us. And that’s great, but I don’t think peaceful protest achieves much anymore. I think full scale revolution is required and total destruction of The State. To do that, would probably involve some violence. For me to be persuaded to go to that extreme, I’d want to be damn sure about what I was replacing The State with. There needs to be a leader, someone who knows how to run a country with ideas and social philosophies that benefit everyone. We need a man, a man with a plan….or a woman. But, they haven’t shown up yet, so I’ll leave my flame thrower in the shed.


What do you think are the best things about being alive?

Friends, books, music, wine and pizza.


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