The Age of Reason

Where do we draw the line when defining the end of childhood? It appears that when someone reaches a certain age the person is regarded as an “adult”, who supposed to be able to look after themselves. This is wrong since age is an arbitrary thing. Being 16, 18 or 21, when one supposed to be sexually active, can get a driver license, can vote or buy legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco) is no guarantee of any adultness.

Say What Needs to Be Said

In old times the rite of passage was the dividing line between childhood and adulthood. However that involved guides, who led youth to a higher level of personal responsibility, consciousness and with it some rights. The knowledge and responsibilities were imparted to a young woman or man before they were considered more than a child. But this did not mean there was nothing more to learn …

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The State of the State

As the governments in Australia are closely following in the steps of the governments of the United States of America; when it comes to illegally invading other countries, eroding civil liberties, further empowering transnational and antinational corporations and so on; I believe it is fit to copy and adopt another thing from them: the State of the Union address. Only it will relate only to the fine state of New South Wales, not the 51st State of America also known as Australia or the Queen’s backyard. Just close your eyes and imagine yourself listening to a not so talented ba(i)rd, who claims to “lead” this state, as he addresses the Parliament.

The State of the State

“Ladies and Gentlemen, owners of foreign corporations, Mr President, the few members of the Parliament who bothered to turn up and you people who have time and energy after a full day at work and bother to listen. …

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Junk Food for the Soul

It is just a process. You open your mouth, take a bit, chew and swallow. Then the things you ate travel down into your stomach and get broken down by the stomach acids into small water-soluble molecules and absorbed into the blood plasma. Just like when you flip through magazines, skimming through website after website, unleashing bits of information which enter into your consciousness whether or not you realise it.

Say What Needs to Be Said

Information surrounds us, like air, like water surrounds and encompasses ocean dwellers. Imagine filtering out tiny useful data planktons from huge gulps of water filled with lots of useless and indigestible things. …

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Rotten to the core

See, normally I would like every fruit and vegetable, but this fruit, with a bite missing out of it, upsets my stomach. It is not that everything that bears this fruit logo is designed to be overly pleasing and dumbing. It is not that the aggression of this fruit and the association with the “original” sin. It is not that factories, where these silly little machines are made, with planned obsolesce built into them, are/were still plagued with worker abuse and made from conflict minerals (along with Boeing and Tiffany & Co etc), far beyond the great wall, where very few can see.

Rotten to the core

It is that the owners of this rotten fruit corporation want to have their dirty fingers in every pie. …

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Holier than Thou

A few days ago a homeless man was arrested after he punched a baby in the face. The “news” outlets such as the Telegraph and 7 sensationalised the incident in no time, as the “public has the right to know”. So we are being told a version of the “news” using language to affect our most guttural instincts, to provoke anger, self-righteousness and the feeling that we are better than the alleged perpetrator, because we are different.

Psychotic

Source: Céline Barthonnat

Indeed we are different. We walk past people like Nicholas Bolas on the street every day, while frustratedly punching mobile devices. We just do not pay attention to them at the moment. …

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We are number two in the world

In an almost empty parliament something happened today. Where members casually entertain each other with “hear, hear” or some poisonous comment while they praise their party and ridicule the other with empty slogans and tirades, someone said a few weighty words. Words unheard of, unspoken before yet now spoken on behalf of the voiceless. Just one lonely man, with only a handful to witness.

Say What Needs to Be Said

Today MP Mark Pearson representing the Animal Justice Party (AJP), the second party on the whole of the Earth to be elected on the platform of animal rights and welfare, said those words in the NSW Legislative Council. …

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Affordable law-breaking

Robert Blake, after spending $10 million on his defence against a murder charge, famously said, You’re innocent until proven broke”. This observation permeates the Western legal system, in which the only winners are (certainly not the victim) are the lawyers who always get paid. This is not to say that every lawyer is bad or that they do not do some great pro bono work, but the fact that the legal system is so complicated that you need full time guides who dedicate their time finding shortcuts, using (sometime black) magic to achieve strange outcomes.

Breaking the Law

It used to be a right to be tried by a jury, by the ordinary members of the community, for even the smallest law breaking. But since there are so many laws that is no surprise there are so many law breakers. Laws supposed to reflect the morality and the ethical standards of society, but we can see that laws are really slow to follow our evolving consciousness …

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How to forgive “bad” people (murderers, politicians etc.)

Why should we forgive ourselves or others for hurting other people or animals? Why should a man who beats his wife forgive himself? To figure out if it is possible or even worth it, let’s examine these questions. Hurting another person, human or otherwise, is never the first step. Perhaps it is more of the result of skipping steps in the learning process we call Life.

Love vs Violence

When a babies leave their mothers’ womb and take their first breath they may not even be aware of and certainly can barely control their own bodies. At first we communicate by simply crying, laughing or making sounds in general, then we point at things or persons. We take our first baby steps and …

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An act of indecency

An act of indecency is something a right-minded person would consider to be contrary to community standards of decency or, to put it another way, something that offends against the currently accepted standards of decency or contrary to ordinary standards of the morality of a respectable person. These are definitions from various court cases or common law. So (almost) anyone on the street should be able tell you if something is indecent.

Indecent

Australian law prohibits the commission of acts of indecency and a person committing an act of indecency can be even sent to jail. Examples of this is when somebody exposes their genitalia on the train to others or sends a naked photograph to someone else. Although these are not the most serious offences we certainly do not want to be a victims of them. But seemingly unconsciously we are victims of acts of indecency every day and those guilty of it go unpunished. …

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