As we head towards 2050 and beyond, our society will be faced with many challenges.
Climate change, food security, equality, justice, health and welfare challenges are but a few. Here I share my thoughts and observations about many current and continuing issues. I would be pleased to receive your feedback and I invite you to join me in the conversations.
This evening as the curtain drew to a close on 2015 I sat quietly on my beach. I paused to look back across the year as I beheld the setting sun.I also endeavoured to train my vision on what 2016 may bring.
I concluded that the year about to expire presented me with both turbulence and calm.I wished that there had been a bias towards calm.I appreciate that calm is both a state of mind and a disposition; and from the perspective of my sanctuary, calm is when the wind is below 5 knots, the sea mirror-like and inviting.
As I took my seat in the Keith Michell Theatre in Port Pirie to be part of John Pirie Secondary School’s prize presentation evening it felt like it was only yesterday I was sitting down to the presentation of awards for the 2014 cohort of JPSS students.The year, academic or otherwise has flown.Throughout the night there was a sense of déjà vu.
Just before the evening’s proceedings commenced we were asked to please stand to welcome the official party which included His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, the Governor of South Australia and his wife Lan Le.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
The remit of the Royal Commission is to uncover where systems have failed to protect children so it can make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices.
Do you ever doubt your choices or feel regret about a decision? I am not afraid to admit that I do and I’d challenge anyone who claimed that they always, unreservedly, made the right choice.
For some reason my sense of vulnerability is heightened at the moment. It’s partly about my environment, both physical and emotional; and partly about my choices. From an environmental perspective I can’t ignore the course mankind is taking.Our leaders, in my opinion, are not making the right decisions about the key elements which sustain life as we know it; air, water and food.I do live in hope though.
They sit comfortably as a sea breeze funnels along the verandah and touches their skin.Chilled glasses of sparkling wine are held delicately in manicured hands.Three likeminded women are deep in conversation.The conversation, spontaneous in its evolution, is centred on how fortunate they are to live their mostly contented lives in Australia.
In their circle of family and friends their children have never had to worry about from where their next meal was to come; or if their water was safe to drink; or if they had shelter from the elements.
I stretched as I reached for my walking shoes and exhaled as I leaned over to tie the laces.This evening was no different to most evenings when I take time-out and go for a walk to ‘wash’ the day away.It is time for me.It is time to think; or not.
But tonight was different. I deliberately timed my walk so I wouldn’t be drawn into the nightly news bulletin.I wanted to ‘switch-off’, literally.I wanted to escape the horror and awfulness of what is occurring around the globe.Selfish really, considering that I am not directly affected and that my life is neither in danger; nor my safety even remotely compromised.I just wanted to withdraw.