Working for almost 30 years to bring people together is by no means easy.
The monopolies of our modern world are well organised in Western countries and protected by laws that favour them. Divisions between professionals allow them to continue to dictate their laws. Only massive national and European UNION can lend weight to a request for regulations.
We must create quality through a minimum core curriculum, the testing of knowledge in common examinations, advanced courses to improve our skills, serious ethical and professional criteria, adequate professional liability insurance, legal protection etc. All this requires common sense, work, time, patience and friendship but it must be done together, in a spirit of tolerance towards differences and without any animosity, fear, ulterior motives, jealousy, discouragement or anything else that would hinder real effective union.
The work that has been done thus far has already met with some outstanding successes. Now that we are on the right track, we should not stop – we still have a long way to go. But if our daily lives emphasise all that is TRUE and CLEAN, we shall reap the rewards. Be brave and determined, my friends. The door is ajar. Good ideas are always welcome. And the involvement of all is necessary, in an orderly measured manner. Even if we are all independent spirits in our profession, nothing prevents us from standing shoulder-to-shoulder in our dealings with the authorities. Singly, we are nothing. So inform those who do not yet know it that the profession is organising itself. This is part of our duty and it is essential before we can claim any rights.