There are things I don't understand cos I'm old and things I don't understand about the internet.
But the big thing I'm struggling to understand is intolerance - as we age, we turn into people that don't like anything, and judge indiscriminately even when it has nothing to do with us at all.
I was disillusioned that the government somehow distorts an anti bullying campaign into a bad thing, thanks to Cory Bernardi. (As an aside, if we are so concerned about 'advocating social engineering', that surely applies to Scripture classes too? They promote a lifestyle to children. The flaw in this argument for Safe Schools campaign, is that Safe Schools isn't advocating being LBGTQI, it's promoting not bullying those that are.)
What I don't understand, is where have all the good guys gone? We were once a better people. We stood up for what was right, what was fair, for justice, whether it benefited us personally or not. We don't do that anymore. We sit in our own little patch and snipe at anyone and everyone who doesn't fit our mould. We cast judgment for sport, we attack and name call, rather than think of how to help. We have no interest in solving woes for the less fortunate or making the world a better place.
I don't understand when we lost our way, and how we lost the spirit that made us unique in the world, and that the world generally adored. It was a happy go lucky, larikin charm, and it was the Australian way.
I want it back. I want Australia to be like it was. I want us to be the good guys, to be a nation of people to be admired. To be getting it right.
I do understand how we can claim it back. It's simple.
Try to be empathetic. Try to put yourself in the other person's shoes. Try to think about what is right, fair and just.
It starts with you. It starts today.
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