loaded words

Declutter Sanitise Homogenise Conform Obey Streamline Plan Develop Manage Educate Socialise Stand in line Keep inside the lines Shorten Neutralise Pastel Vanilla Monoculture Naturalise Good citizen March Parade Order Herd Be quiet Don’t argue Look away Wave the flag (written 2019)

less talk!

…ever tried to have a conversation with closed minded people- who ironically believe THEY are the ones thinking, the ones who have it ‘right’? don’t bother- can’t get a sentence in before their self-righteous over-reaction clouds all polite conversation… If this is what you call conversation, you can keep it! maybe talking is the issue-…

census…consensus?

I am shocked. They somehow managed to pass a law in Australia (without any of us noticing) making it compulsory to comply with the upcoming census – and you can be fined outrageously if you don’t fill it in ‘correctly‘. Where, rights to privacy, freedom, democracy, yadda yadda…??!!    Still reeling from the discovery that…

What is in our hands – can we change the world ? 

To answer as simply as possible, we can start making a difference in our world – NOW and with what is already in our hands. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Bourke A lifelong pursuit of these questions – I have read so many…

silence please…

   can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days… also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing,…

Nation-building, community-building…and the Anzac myth

Imagine with me for a moment, that Nation-building could be the intentional and thoughtful building of a positive, inclusive, visionary, peaceful and sustainable vision of and for our Nation (a sort of meta-community, made of many communities). In other words, a Nation-building ‘myth’ at best, is a ‘STORY’ about who we all are, where we…

Sydney ‘siege’, and scattered thoughts on ‘terror’

Some scattered thoughts on ‘terror’ this week in the aftermath of the Sydney ‘siege’ – when people were held hostage for 16 hours in a cafe in the city by a man claiming links to IS (‘Islamic State’) – closely followed by a horrific massacre of 145 school children in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban….

Hope for Africa

Africa is often seen as a ‘hopeless continent’ – in political and economic discussions a certain tone is adopted, which is patronising and mostly assumes the worst. As if somehow African countries, and African people, are facing issues particular to that part of the world – issues that cannot or will not be resolved due…

Dulce et decorum est…

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to…