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Talked its way out of the advantages

It is a long way before different interests are harmonized and eventually benefit from a partnership. It is important to understand what you are prepared to give up and, above all, what you hope to get out of it. Some memberships are the result of negotiations. Others can be bought by paying a certain fee. After successfully joining, you make the best of it. The EU is such a club, which has grown over the years. However, some members do not seem to want to follow the rules of such a membership. They take advantage without fulfilling their duties. And then there are the English, who believe they can leave and still continue to benefit from the merits of the common market. They talked their way out of the advantages.

Actually, the principles of membership are common property.

  • Admission criteria
    Clubs don’t accept everybody. You have to meet certain conditions to become a member. The definition of these accession criteria is always well defined. The Copenhagen criteria apply to the EU, e.g. institutional stability, the rule of law, a functioning market economy and the adoption of Community law. In other accessions the payment of membership fees is sufficient. As long as the criteria are met, you are entitled to the benefits offered.
  • Membership start
    The membership happens at ones own desire by means of an application and the successful fulfilment of the accession criteria. For the EU it is a complex procedure, the assessment based on a comprehensive questionnaire, the so-called screening. Then negotiations begin, which ultimately end in the accession treaty. Similar steps are also carried out in other associations. The size of these assessments is determined by each individual fellowship – from the receipt of the membership fee to an elaborate procedure, albeit not as extensive as in the case of the EU.
  • Membership benefits
    The main advantages of a membership are the opportunities offered within the association. In the EU these are all the advantages of the internal market, freedom of movement for workers, the abolition of border controls and, of course, the Euro. No matter how one perceives the individual aspects of the EU, the Community seems to be so tempting that countries want to join. The same applies to all memberships. There are interesting offers that have to be balanced against the expenses for the affiliation. If the rating is positive, you become a member and enjoy the advantages as long as you are part of the community.
  • Membership termination
    Each membership may be terminated by either party. So far no one has been forced to leave the EU. On the contrary. The Community has always endeavored to help countries, which have experienced difficulties. With the BREXIT, British policymakers have won the vote of the population to withdraw by presenting the obligations as disadvantages. The procedure promised negotiations about an orderly resignation. Unfortunately, the English have ignored the most important principle of membership: If you leave a club, you are also losing the advantages. This applies to every membership, no matter how difficult the access was.

Bottom line: There is a lot of talk about an orderly or a disorderly exit of England. The calls to order in Parliament no longer help. Probably the only purpose is to bridge the time until 29 March 2019. However, the damage caused by the withdrawal of European businesses will continue to affect the British for many years to come. The hoped-for relief is far exceeded by the follow-up costs. It should be noted that not all of Great Britain will be affected. The Scots will strive for independence and in the end Ireland will likely converge. The English will beam themselves out of the EU into meaninglessness, if they don’t change tack NOW. Following the usual practices, it happens exactly the same as with each cancellation. There are no more fees and one waives the merits. That way they would have talked themselves way out of the advantages.

When doing gets false

These seasons that seem colorless and uncomfortable to some. When the clouds are hanging low in the sky and moisture is constantly exposed to gravity. The soil is no longer able to absorb the water. And artificial roads seal the ground additionally. Then shallow lakes are formed everywhere, in which the dark clouds are reflected. And then a car drives through a puddle and hurls the water into the air. Bad luck for those, who are passing by at this very moment and, in addition to the rain from above, get a gush from below. The natural reaction is to scold after the car.
But why? What the hell happened? Who did something wrong? The motorist, who was forced through the puddle involuntarily? The pedestrian who had nothing better to do than walk by the puddle right then? When gets doing false?

Let’s take a closer look at the situation.

  • The driver
    Driving with a car in pouring rain can be strenuous, even at 40 kilometers per hour. The spray of oncoming vehicles, the thick raindrops and the roads full of puddles require the full attention of the drivers. And then it happens very quickly. If it weren’t for the pedestrian besides the puddle, the driver would have done everything right. He had no reason to soak an unknown passer-by. Did he DO something false?
  • The Pedestrian
    With such weather, you don’t chase a dog outside. You can’t escape moisture with the largest umbrella. At the next corner the drops are even flying horizontally. One escapes only partially from the downpour. And then it happens very quickly. If the car hadn’t arrived exactly at the moment he passed the puddle, the pedestrian would have done everything right. I bet the passerby didn’t want to take a shower. Did he DO something false?
  • The circumstances
    It is not common for a downpour to dump so much liquid onto the road that the drains can no longer absorb the water masses. In the trenches at the roadside rushing streams evolve, which here and there expand into small lakes. It is easy to sink in these puddles of water above both ankles. And then it happens very quickly. With a sufficiently dimensioned drain, this puddle would not have formed and the car would not have sprayed the pedestrian. No one had created this general weather situation either. Or who DID something false?
  • Prior reasons
    On this day, the driver had started his journey earlier than usual in order to drive particularly carefully. The pedestrian had waited specifically long for the rain to stop. The road was built in the eighties according to the latest guidelines for drains. Many other stories could be told. And then everything happens very quickly. In the end, fate came true at this puddle. No one would search in the previous stories for the cause. Or what was DONE false here?

Nothing happened intentionally. Everything is just an unfortunate concatenation of circumstances that led to the event described. And actually, false DOING is not the right description for errors that happen. No one makes deliberately mistakes like this – except: the arch-enemy who waited to deliberately throw a giant fountain at the hated pedestrian. Whereby this action is not really a mistake, but a well-founded, deliberated act,

Bottom line: To do something wrong requires that there is an intention part of it. If mistakes happen at work or elsewhere in everyday life, then these events, whose guilt is blamed on someone, cannot be prevented, because they happen unintentionally. Ok – you could have been more careful, less negligent and more committed. And yet mistakes would still happen. To do nothing is the only way to avoid wrongdoing. And that would be the biggest mistake. To maintain momentum, it is better to develop tolerance to errors. A mistake is a learning opportunity and provides the starting point for new solutions. Then doing won’t get false – and less goes unintentionally wrong.