THE SPIRIT LEVEL (short film)
(musical intro – santo and Johnny)
YOU’RE ON! Okay, umm hello, I here today to tell you
about this book the spirit level which pretty much explains umm everything!
The whole shebang Start to finish
Why we feel miserable why we buy stuff we don’t need
why we eat too much drink too much
hurt people Whoa, whoa! even kill people.
It explains why 1 in 10 children in the U.K have a mental illness.
1 in 10! And it’s just one thing
one thing that is causing all of this but apparently I’ve got to tell you about
in under 3 minutes cos everyone’s sooooooo busy they cant spare
anymore time even for the thing that explains everything!
GET ON WITH IT! Alright, alright. Calm down. I’m getting
to it. So basically, as I was saying
the authors of this book discovered that there is one common cause which increases almost
ALL the social problems in a developed society ONE cause. Just one. A single overriding factor
that makes almost everything worse..you name it..its worse..
Homicides, mental health,
teenage births, obesity,
imprisonment, drug dependence,
social mobility , life expectancy,
all are significantly worse by the effect of one thing, One!
Who’d have thought it? And its so simple. And so simple
YOU’RE RUNNNING OUT OF TIME! Im doing a build up, can’t you see that?
Amateurs! So, umm, where was I? See I’ve lost my train
of thought now. Two secs Did you know that people with friends are
less likely to catch a cold? And people in good intimate relationships
heal quicker? Or maybe that, in an experiment low status
monkeys dominated by more powerful monkeys took cocaine to make themselves feel better?
What’s all that got to do with anything? Well, its all in the book for a start and
the reason for all these things is the SAME thing!
– JUST TELL THEM WHAT IT IS! What if I told you, you could live in a society
that was friendlier, where people trusted each other more
where there was less stress where your kids would be happier and better
educated oh, and you would live longer too
and all you had to do was concentrate on one thing
One single thing that would make all this happen?
Would you do if it you were told? Would you believe it? You should.
This isn’t a theory. Its fact. Nice clever experty people have collected
over 30 years of evidence from countries around the world and waded through tons and tons
of statistical research and gone to a lot of trouble just to be sure their findings
fit And I can tell you now, despite everyone banging
on about it, the answer to everything is not, I repeat NOT economic growth.
See the problem is we’ve all been looking in the wrong place,
throwing money at this, sticking a plaster over that..
but its all just patchwork. And really really really expensive patchwork
at that. 29 million prescriptions for anti depressants
were written in 1 year in the uk, cost to the nhs? 400 million. 400 million pounds!!
Or maybe you’d be shocked to know that since 1984 the state of California has built only
one new college but 21 new prisons and currently has 360 people doing life for SHOPLIFITING???
has it stopped people committing crime? No
None of this is working! Why?
Cos we’re trying to fix all these problems individually but they are all a result of
one much bigger issue… there is really just one problem, one all
encompassing thing that makes all these other harmful and destructive things much much worse
for absolutely everyon and the reason is… actually I think I’ll just let you read
the book. Its all in there. Cheerio! The Spirit Level. Why More Equal Societies
Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
Oh, you’ve spoilt it now! Ok, so go on then. Go and read it. Aren’t you just a little