Thursday 15 December 2016
As the final days before Christmas meander their way through those monolithic tributes to capitalism, people’s only thoughts are of seasonal indebtedness for their happiness. As they descend into the Australian 30 day non-thinking hiatus that is our festive holiday season who will be interested in news?
When the carols sing of joy and peace to all men. When those among us lend their ears to the Christmas desires of their children. When play takes precedence over matters of state. While the 10 days remaining days bleed one into the other, filled with the stress of obligatory Chrissy madness, who is listening?
Who are listening to the stories told that define us as a nation? Are we taking in the story of the incarceration of Dylan Voller? His case worker testified that he was a normal lad until he was institutionalised and then the system broke him.
Are we observing the appalling treatment of those on Manus Island and Nauru as well? Or indeed as I write the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man in the Middle East.
Are we rejoicing at the success of the young Syrian refugee Saad Al-Kassab? Who when he arrived with his family in Australia he was offered a shovel to help with the gardening at Australia’s largest senior Catholic school – Catholic Regional College Sydenham. A scholarship followed and as a result of his determination this year with an ATAR of 96.65, he was dux of his school.
How many during this time of bleary eyed frivolity and capitalist over indulgence – of affluenza, give a thought to Trumpism and the consequences of his presidency?
“I am the way the truth and the life”.
With apologies to Jesus.
The MYEFO report will be released on Monday and the Prime Minister will give his Republican speech two days prior. All will be lost in the stress that is for most, a pleasant sort of drudgery.
It is true that tiredness begets us but vigilance is necessary. There is a lot going on. So I shall not be restful even when tired.
There is much happening that needs brooding words of protest. The keyboard is the only weapon at my disposal. Write I must. Protest knows not sleep. ‘Day to Day Politics’ will continue over the holiday period.
My thought for the day.
“Are you really doing what is important? What you believe in, or have you just adjusted to what you are doing?”