Friday, May 28, 2010

are we leading the donkey? WAKE UP

Hearing on the radio today about a push to allow female circumcison in Australia... what the??? This time i am so angry - what the hell are we doing in this country. We are like an Aesops fable.. are we leading the donkey or is the donkey leading us?????

Wake up people and start making a noise - we are fast losing our identity and the social problems which will follow in the next few years are frightening. Yes we welcome migration - australia is built upon migration - and yes we had a shitty history - but then what country hasn't? It is time to say that people coming to Australia must be prepared to live by our rules - to enjoy our freedoms, they give up some of their customs - what is wrong with that? I travel alot, and I always ensure I look up local customs and be sure to follow them and not to offend - that is fair enough. Why is Australia still treating itself like some kind of backwater? We are a strong and vibrant country, full of beauty and diversity. We must ensure that we do not destroy what we have by constantly allowing our freedom to deteriorate. The use of the word racist for anyone with an opinion on freedom for Australian's is ridiculous. I'm really angry about this one.

Have we really lost the plot?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

sorting through the chaff

I've taken my time thinking about this blog...whether to keep it really close, or get on my soapbox. I think it will be a bit of both - I can't really help myself.

One thing i have to say, is that I am really becoming aware of how lucky we have been in Australia - we manage to find things to complain about - but on a world scale we are indeed blessed. Sadly we take it all for granted. I know I have. As a child growing up in Australia, school was a given - food was a given and clothing was a given (although maybe not always the ones i wanted!). My travels have shown me that in many countries, education is indeed a gift and a privilege. Here in Australia and other developed countries, children try and get out of school - truancy is on the rise - how is it, that we have not managed to instill in our society, the true value of an education.

By education I don't necessarily mean tertiary - university isn't always the way - but the gift of literacy - being able to read, write and develop understanding and the ability to think for oneself.

Sometimes I fear for our world where information is so easy to access, but that without education, it is hard to sort truth from fiction, lies from fact and be able to discern what matters.