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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.

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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.  

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Sleepless in Moonta Bay…..I have always struggled to comprehend the rationale of the conflicts and hostilities which have occurred and continue to rage upon our planet.  

The events of the past 72 hours though, I just cannot process.  

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Last Monday night I had the privilege of attending the SA Leaders debate in the run up to the March 15 poll.  It was hosted by the ABC. Moderator, Chris Uhlmann, remarked before the show went to air that we are so very lucky in our country. He said, things can get heated during our election campaigns but ‘nobody dies!’ 

He is right.  Globally, so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of the right to vote and to live in a democratic society.  We have that right and privilege and yet we are often apathetic and complain about the most insignificant things.  

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A Local Perspective 

We need bees more than bees need us.   

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Recently I have been reading a book about people who has shown great political courage. Early on it discussed the types of people who go into politics. Some people do it to attain power. Some do it because they see it as an easy well paid position and they have the ability to receive party pre-selection due to money or business connections.

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Many different approaches to eradiating poverty have been attempted in our country, however approaches which focus only on economic growth have proved to be unsustainable.

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How many of you reading this blog are volunteers?

 

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If you look closely, it’s as plain as the nose on your face; politicians of every persuasion are concentrating their efforts on marginalised constituents in marginal seats.

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