Society of Esteem is more than a Big Society
According to Wikipedia “the Big Society is the flagship policy idea of the 2010 Conservative Party general election manifesto and forms part of the legislative programme of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement. The aim is “to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a big society that will ‘take power away from politicians and give it to people’.”
It might be an impressive attempt to reframe the role of government and unleash entrepreneurial spirit. The idea to create a voluntary system for the relief of poverty might meet the need of some kind of effort to get hold of a strong sense of civic responsibility. It still isn’t taking away the experience of social differences.
The Society of Esteem is based on esteem for everybody. Alone this basic thought creates voluntary activities as wished by the Big Society but it feeds from a lasting esteem creating justice. As long as people can do what they can do the best and they get esteem for it as well as a safe life in society there is no need for empowering communities. The Society of Esteem works through and with people giving all their power and talents to the society.