For a whole host of reasons, I’ve been unable, even reluctant, to write.
Firstly, the survey flopped. I managed to get around 40 people to sign it within the first couple days. However there wasn’t enough interest to obtain 2nd and 3rd generation participation. All up only 50 people signed it which simply wasn’t enough to comment on.
Secondly, the job front has been stressful and disheartening. That it has been relentless has meant that it has required more and more of my time and energy. I’ve even wishfully mused over monetising NewAnthro through minimal advertisements and looking into Patreon so that I can dedicate my entire efforts to it. This would allow me to move into different media (eg. video production, podcasting, etc) and genuine reporting.
Of course, I’m enough of a realist to see that I don’t have weight enough for this bud to fruit.
Thirdly, the last year in politics has left me speechless. I don’t know if I’m more surprised that my predictions have largely been proven right or that enough of the population (46% is not a mandate, mind you) didn’t see it coming. From Pyne’s attempted wordplay of ‘schools’ or school’s’ regarding funding, to Morrison’s mute reply to every horrendous truth that we eventually learn of on his watch…
Moreover, that many members in the general public honestly think any refugee could be considered a “queue jumper” and that sending their children alone half way around the world is anything but traumatic (only achievable in that it is less traumatic than leaving them at risk of death in a war zone) or that our disadvantaged are “bludgers” is a disgraceful badge on the Aussie culture.
Perhaps I’m the odd one.
I’m not sure what might follow with my writing. However there is one thing I want to say for now.
I suspect our political class collectively suffered a deprived childhood that could have helped to make them better people. Here are a few movies / TV series they could have seen that may have helped them to learn valuable moral lessons. It’s by no means a complete list; please feel free to suggest others.
|The Emperor’s new groove||Compromise and cooperation (indeed even building regulations) can lead to greater positive outcomes for all parties than pure selfish, individualistic, pursuits.|
|Aladdin||While our political class might have the lesson “bee yourself” sorted, this only applies if ‘yourself’ is someone willing to share with those less fortunate.|
|The Little Mermaid||Be wary of making deals with powerful magnates. They are where they are only because their deals favour themselves more than anyone else.|
|The Lion King||Without genuine, fair and empathetic leadership, scoundrels take over and erode the quality of life for all.|
|Full House / The Brady Bunch / The Smurfs||Pretty much every moral question imaginable over their many seasons.|
|Bob the Builder / Thomas the tank engine||Hard work and consideration for those around you builds lasting personal and professional relationships.|
|Gremlins||Prevention is more cost effective than a cure. This is directly concerned with nutrition and the advice of experts, but applicable elsewhere.|
|The Dark Crystal||Draining the vital resources from the vulnerable is only a short-term move which will lead to escalating social problems.|
|The Labyrinth||Imprisoning children to get your way will ultimately outrage those you seek to impress.|
|Spiderman||With great power comes great responsibility|
|Snow White||Obsessing over popular opinion leads to poor decision-making.|
|Pinocchio||Telling lies only leaves you looking like an ass.|
|Ghost busters||Adequate funding of science, even if you don’t personally understand the field in question, is essential in mitigating larger problems in the long run.|