Survival of the fittest has led us all up the garden path.
Mankind has become the world’s greatest predator, and its search for total control is trampling all that is good in us into the dust.
One of most important species in the world is, surprisingly,the bee. Its survival is at stake, because more money can be made if the grower ensures there are no insects around which might damage the crop. Yet, without the bee, much of the pollination process will be severely hindered, and how will the next crop grow if the seeds are not pollinated?
Observe the loving care with which elephants shepherd their young into safety, yet the importance of the value we put on the ivory in their trunks exceeds our desire to protect this kindly giant. Watching a group of elephants reveals a sense of community which we are fast losing.
Fighting for survival is a natural reaction when life is at risk, but too many lives are being put at risk, because of the drive to secure power at all costs, by those whose regard for their own desires ignores the needs of others.
Communities can only survive in a healthy state, physically and mentally, if a significant majority is prepared to work for the greater good rather the for personal dominance over their locality – or, in some cases, over the world!
All round the world, going far back in time, human beings have sought the answers to many questions, and in the process many religions have developed, with followers looking up to one or many gods as the creator. But in too many cases, these gods have been created in man’s own image, mirroring his faults as well as his virtues.
How else, given the message that Jesus Christ is reported as sending, “Thy shall love thy neighbour as thyself”, can you explain cults which claim to be Christian, but which encourage their members to seek great wealth for themselves, with little or no care of who else might be hurt in that process?
Or others where a priest is regarded as representing a god, and able, on his behalf, to forgive you your sins, with no real regard for the hurt sustained by those against whom you have sinned?
Yes – we are much more likely to have a harmonious community if we can establish a commonly accepted ethical system. And – yes – there will always be those who flout the community’s standards and need, somehow, to be dealt with humanely.
At present, greed and desire for power are driving the world’s inhabitants towards an end which may see mankind driven off the world’s surface altogether.
And if the rest of life on earth could think and reason, they might see that as entirely fitting, given how little regard we have for a sustainable environment.
Since the Industrial Revolution, increasing understanding of generating all forms of power, using fossil fuels has enabled a revolution in the developed world in terms of transport and production.
What we have not learned, is the need for moderation.
Thrift, making things last by repairing and remodelling whenever possible, is ignored in the developed world’s throwaway society. Plastic has performed a massive range of functions, but no regard has been given to how to dispose of it, once it has served its purpose. In consequence our oceans and rivers are polluted to the extent of destroying and maiming marine life.
Many of you, if you have read this far, will be saying “So what! We already know all this!”
So why the hell are you letting it continue?
WE have elected governments which have behaved unethically, yet we have then re-elected them. Both major parties connived in defrauding Timor Leste, a new, very deprived and damaged nation, of oil resources which could have provided funding for them to establish themselves faster and more effectively.
And to make matters worse, they are now prosecuting Witness K for behaving ethically in revealing the government’s bugging of the Timor Leste government’s offices, done to assist Australia to gain a totally unfair advantage. They are also prosecuting a former ACT Attorney General for being made privy to this information and assisting Witness K. How can this be justified?
We have similar unsavoury behaviour in our current headlines.
Few, based on their history, would regard the promises of the Sri Lankan government – that Tamil citizens who have sought refuge elsewhere, will remain free of persecution if they are refouled.
But those in the government, responsible, over recent years for Immigration – our current PM and the highly criticised Peter Dutton – accept those promises – at least so they say. Having then taken so long in determining the status of a Tamil couple, who arrived in Australia separately (having both seen and suffered persecution), that they were able to meet, marry, settle in a fairly remote area and have two delightful little girls, they are now persecuting them.
During this period, it was a matter of national interest that two au pairs, who arrived with the wrong visas, should be able to bypass the usual rules and remain to work for mates of the Minister!
Now the government is insisting that this family, much loved and valued in Biloela, must leave Australia. To this end, brute force and noticeable cruelty has been involved in dragging the family, initially into a southern detention centre, then in to airplanes, and, finally, depositing them on Christmas Island, where they wait in limbo.
It is worth noting, that, while they were in the southern detention centre, these was another very young child and her mother there, who remain there to this day – which gives the lie to the constant claim that there are no longer any children in detention.
Again, you cannot be ignorant of all this, and there is – justifiably – a massive outcry over the government’s cruelty and victimisation of this family given the government’s shifting standards over the use of ‘discretionary’ powers!
Australia is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A quick glance at this Convention would indicate that the government has breached it in multiple ways.
Our Prime Minister makes a great show of his membership of a cult which claims to be Christian (see earlier) and makes sure his presence at song and dance activities at their premises demonstrates his active religious faith. I don’t think I am alone in believing that, despite the show, the claim is hollow.
His actions give the lie to his claims.
His first concern is the power of his office and he pays no heed to the effort, made by those who wrote the Constitution, to keep religion out of politics.
Nor is there any evidence that his religion helps him behave in an ethical way!
And then, of course, our future is increasingly likely to be affected by events over which we have limited control.
If Scott Morrison remains in power with his warped religious expectation, the end of the world may indeed be on us unnecessarily early!
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