The human mind is a wonderful thing. We all have different interests,
ideas and methods of doing what is needed to stay alive. We also have
different beliefs. Some will tell you that the contrails left in the sky following
the passage of aircraft are a 24/7/365-day aerosol assault over our heads made
of a toxic brew of poisonous heavy metals, chemicals, and other dangerous ingredients.
There is a social media meme at the moment where two photos are posted
side by side, one from 2009 the other from 2019. ‘Bonus points’ are apparently
gained by ‘featuring’ a similar pose in both photos. As everything is apparently
better with a hashtag, this latest fad is tagged as the #10yearchallenge.
What better time to take a look at our world, our planet, than at the beginning
of another year? Long past are the days when we could retreat into a comfortable
cocoon with no windows to the wider world. Unless we turn off our radios, television,
our computers and the Internet, and never look at print media, we cannot avoid
exposure to the world’s events, redolent as they are with worrisome overtones.
They say it’s nice to start with a win. So as we get down to business for another
year let’s celebrate a small win (‘I told you so’ is so 2018!). In May 2015, The
Political Sword discussed the release of Anglicare’s annual rental affordability
snapshot, which highlighted that 8 of the 65,614 properties available for rent across
Australia met the affordability requirements for a single person on Youth Allowance.
As we enter the Festive Season, we reflect on the year past and
the one ahead. It’s a time when Christians celebrate Christmas and
other special days, Jewish folk enjoy Hanukkah, Mexicans celebrate
the Fiesta of our Lady of Guadalupe, and Swedes celebrate St Lucia
Day. The New Year is ushered in as an opportunity for new hope.
In a recent email, Virginia Trioli wrote in relation to Christmas Parties: Go hard
or go home. Say something. Talk — really talk — about your life, your triumphs,
your failures; your year of struggle or your reflections on another milestone
reached; your pride, your joy, the moments of grace remembered or sought:
or don’t talk, don’t just chatter, and how about we just stand in companionable silence...