Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Dark history

Everything is dark, but your own history is the darkest.
Going there is good for us -but we prefer  ( most of the time)  to hear romantic stories of others lighter or more complete moments   (esp in the evenings when our dark and incomplete days work could well come and haunt us)
And when the contrast is lacking ( as it often is in human stories where the same dark things threaten us all) we find it easiest to romanticize some human culture or story far from our own ; we like to make,  read and promulgate fiction.

I am sure this is the reason  I can't get a copy of Bruce Pascoe's " Dark emu " from any library at the moment.
The idea that aborigines knew as much as us, is a great thought,just as is the thought that another cultural group like Europeans would fail to accept the facts thereon .Its a great thought because neither of us know all that much anyway,  and its largely true that our great capacity to learn is hindered , at times ,by our own fear of the unknown and our propensity to promulgate our own prejudices .
However the big picture is a much bigger story - where both parties act in both ignorance and arrogance--  but don't always admit it.
 None of us have access to the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Some say one should not let the truth get in the road of a good story .Fine if the book is carefully sold as it is fiction, science, truth or some mixture .  I say,  make sure you label writing precisely , If we mislead we can mislead our children and they deserve the truth- the whole horrible truth about history. Bill Gammages recent book ( Greatest estate on Earth) is a confused mixture of fact and speculation that does not stand up to our highest calling ---scientific enquiry - its a romantic novel with notes  .
Worshiping culture ( the game here ?) is a shallow and pathetic way to appreciate the good in culture .    The frame of culture is sub framing for good , but not the substance of the good inside.

I'll have to leave the definitive till I have read DARK EMU . I expect that Bruce is reminding us of the gaps in our knowledge of how seeds were used and how other practises made sense . Going beyond that is not going to help us respect aboriginal culture more . respect as Westerners traditionally understanding it is respect for competency and truth

Lets hope  the intransigent and incomplete nature of cultural traditions is recognized ;  that  all good Australians, just as  all good Australians reject hanging shit on another culture

The reality is of course that while humans learn  different things in different places,  we still have deep things in common - should we want to see that in our opponents / neighbours 
When competing for territory its much easier to see the blokes over the fence as ignorant and aggressive animals - to make the most of what they don't know or to exaggerate or ignore what we think they don't know .

There should be time in every day to move on - going back to the insubstantial and incomplete eroding walls of any culture is only acceptable if you don't stay there .
I don't believe that evolution drives us because that would remove our ability to decide anything .
The cultural wars of the present remind us that we have choices we have made choices - some good some bad ; many with  incomplete  information . There 000s should be weighed up against our 00's

Europeans are prone to ignore whats good about they learnt in Europe .

If Garma makes Australians  think about guilt it will fail to make the respect point it says it's trying to make as well .  This use of one truth is  not progress , but stalemate .
 As an ecologist,  I respect many aboriginal traditions of land use. But I respect European culture too in its scientific evaluation of how the land plants and people work . Both are not final- walking with respect is walking in truth with/ beyond culture.

We can all find things to criticize or question , We used to be harder on those who make a fortune exploring the unknown without a thorough investigation Those who pander to the lust of predjudice and the arrogance of careless dealing with facts.

Our media can show great hypocrisy by giving so much oxygen to speculation that will not stand the scrutiny of scientists . we maybe enterting a drak age simply because we haven't rid ourselves of the darkness within

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Dominion is back

The young adult brain is full of reactionary and experimental confusion . Those of us who have had kids know this . If we only preached to them about the need for metanoia ( eventually)  they wouldn't be so many of them STUCK and still running around like children with lizard and other simple logic and marketing drivers running their programs like they did when they were at University .

Take the way we as a generation confused  dominion with domination. The Bible doesn't teach domination . Infact, it teaches something quite contrary. ;human freedom and God at a distance. It teaches dominion- your place , my space  your space.
Most importantly for a generation who have wrongly lived in reaction to the idea of dominion the Bible teaches dominion and it works .
Its called place driven consensus,.the functioning element, the working whole,  the limits of power and sound vocation,  the limits of sound governance.
  If you don't think the teachings are consistent right through look at Romans 12 and 13 . Respect for your role and government . Key summary points from the good book  .
 Tell me I'm wrong  I've said enough . Its your turn.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Headship is not going to go away.

The growing incidence of domestic violence by men has brought into sharp relief the question of whether the teaching of the major religions about headship is a bad thing- I mean a thoroughly bad thing.
 Most significantly,  there is increasing evidence in our day that drives people to say that religion is  poison and encourages violence with such things as suicide bombings inspired by the teachings of Islam.   .
The Believers dilemma  - My faith?
Believers have  to face the fact that revealed religious dogma can drive people to do strange things ; to prevent them from weighing up the real tensions in a situation and deal with them - to think . Believers have to accept that, within their congregations there are always those for whom the values system is a reason to justify anything they do and to not think deeply about what they do .

The unbelievers dilemma-- Your faith ?
“Non believers” have to realize that all of us have a faith of some sort and that that faith( whatever it is)  will drive some of our adherents to excuse their totally unacceptable violence on some dogmas of order and value in the words of your faith .  For eg Determinists don’t want to be held responsible for genocide movements in our generation even though the doctrines of that religion are clearly used by the major tyrants of last century .

The point – motivation

The point is then that religion is not poison,  but it is critical for motivating and its very dangerous. How do we limit the damage done by those in our own church?  Is the solution, as our confused leaders keep implying , for everyone to adopt a mild infection of the disease ?    Don’t become radical. Take everything in the values field half seriously.  Keep playing reactionary – it’s still a popular pastime

The growing problem of religion denial –a lack of motivation and direction is the result of such a policy.
eg: When the leadership are in a woosy mood  a bullying problem  can easily develop if the natural pushing pressure from below is not resisted from above. Like to make list of the cuurent examples where small but noisy people get the floor, These imbalances are not because of releigion but denial of ones religion or general self centredness ( not much help to anyone)

Surely the idea of "centre safe" ignores the power plant nature of religion – that if we take our religion only half seriously we teach apathy complacency and niceness – we teach lack of motivation as the lifestyle of reason . Worse , because reason has huge limits ( see Neiman) we could spend our days in cynicism and criticism of those who are not just like us ---flexible , adaptable and if the truth be really known highly  reactionary -  the myth that we act only when we reason things out is very real .
Have we just stumbled on the problem in the West? – we are sitting there like stunned mullets  As nature dictates[JM1] ,  if your mind in not engaged ( in how to live and discipline your hormones ) then your feelings will motivate you . We become the compliant community ready to be motivated by cleverly worded nuances --really clever ads  feelings . "I didn't think of that at the time " .
As the arrival of President Trump shows, we need sometime to think about this because just living on our feelings is only going to fill up our leadership positions with people who feel rather than use their brains : God may even be kind in allowing Trump to be there to remind us of this fact .
When full reason is missing. ( fairly normal)  
So lets come back to our feelings for a moment . Nothing more offends our feelings than someone taking away our freedom. ie  Slavery . yet Marriage is a form of slavery . So why in the world does everyone now want it ?
When feeings dominate over reason ,minority groupsand big noises ( .....u list them)  use subtle but quite unsound combinations of high feelings and overly simple moral principles of things like " equity" to get their own way . The denial by many modern intellectuals of the ineffectiveness of " reason alone" is staggering - the testimony  we experience of  wave after wave frrm the tsunamis such perfect storms create (Perfect Motivating Storms PMS)
 Clearly some choices we make are deep down combinations of motivation//thoughts feelings and faith ( incl trust of others) . Whether the complete rationalists want to accept it of not – most people have  a religion . If we relied completely on reason alone (rational thought) no one would get married . U fill out the details
The evidence 
To cut to the chase, has the concept of headship served the major religions of the world well overall or not. Before I try to answer that question,  I ask you to think of all the children in our Western jails  who lacked a strong father figure in their lives ; all the failed marriages and families you know where the father blames the mother for being too strong ( "my role is to mother_ - another presummed headship role)  . Where headship for one didn’t operate,  but fighting it out did - every single time ( even just as a preliminary)

How headship works

Headship doesn’t make sense if you want to assert the idea of complete freedom, but then,  as I said neither does marriage. Headship (not domination) works in helping resolve conflict which is the reason why we are told it is needed. Genesis 3:16 .   Not ideal but necessary.
The man ( or one mature person)  is responsible for making the final judgement after due consideration of all the parties.
We still have the idea of headship in all our institutions, SO why are we suddenly convinced we don’t need it in our families?
So many talk of evidence. The evidence is all before us. Most of our antecedents had happier marriages than our generation and they accepted headship.   It may not be useful to keep arguing  in the hope of proving anything,  because "man/someone in charge and marriage" is not a proposition that is entirely reasonable.

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Yes headship logic can be used to abuse, but that’s no reason to not have any logic ;  Some will still want to throw the fire cracker of "my freedom and my rights" into the cauldron of crap that flows so freely around us . To do that around the kitchen table is to risk escalating the violence. Headship for a man implies accountability in the bedroom if not in the kitchen . Headship in the kitchen is a woman’s privilege.The concept is worth working with because it can work well .

Headship is not going to go away (just because it is abused ) because it works to help resolve tensions that can easily get out of anyone individuals control .
( And if you want to chase alternatives  fine – let us advise you of the time and cost ( should not be at our families expense ) it takes to test things and that previous generations have already tried lots of alternatives.

While we all struggle to understand violence this “ I am in charge “ justification in words is a least one connection that correlates with headship doctrines.  As for the popular pastime of solving other people’s problems, a man who hits his wife for no reason is harder to criticize on facebook than one who has a reason.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We don't get it do we !

When people who have not spent much of their lives thinking about the public interest get into leadership positions ,we as a society sense correctly that something is wrong .When these newbies like Trump insist on restricting the dialogue to some of their favourite old prejudice areas, we know things are very seriously wrong .Ignorance if not arrogance is just so dangerous and we are there

I gave up my job to try and influence the wannabes. I always knew they had feet of clay . My inspiration was their empty heads and my ability to fill it with good things that worked . What I didn't factor in was the need to babysit them and the time I didn't have to do that .

I welcomed, in my time Tim Watson, The IPA and even Andrew Bolt and Tom Elliott  and still do respect their questioning of the PC nonsense that dominates the media,and the blind arrogance of the intentioned but ignorant left .

But hearing Tome Elliot wander all over the issues of governance in his light headed approach to cross subsidization of citizens on 16th January 2017, I felt sick . He has studied economics but he really knows little about big picture economics .
While Tom's lively mind has grappled with some very serious issues of the Nanny state  he clearly has no idea of the havoc his generation of Liberals have wreaked on the once wonderful livable and lively Public service of his youth . With such poor understanding of the good and evil in the PS there is no way he or the left are going to weed out the despotic diseases of passing the buck that his colleagues introduced into the now consultancy rich but responsibility poor governments of Victoria .

BACKGROUND    Victoria Australia  1990's
When people who have not spent much of their lives thinking about your professional public service interest get into leadership positions we as a profession sensed correctly that something was seriously wrong . We were right to object to business led solutions  when Kennett first drafted them and we are still right to do so .Tom Elliot has no idea that the Libs are worse than the Greens in not having any idea of the nature of earth limits to economy. No idea how to win back the people!!!!!
The dismissal of integrating drivers by the far right  is actually worse for society than any of the worry and sentimental  nonsense  because the left s food base always withers- eventually . not so empire building in the consultant industry.
 The only thing that will keep people in power in a demo is good and sound use of our money - while whimmakers and dreamers dominate on right and worry warriors dominate on the left our society will continue to slipping out of self control .

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Friday, September 23, 2016

A generous and wise economic policy

Jesus story of the unjust steward  is fascinating  for its going beyond the pedantries of mere accountancy and bookkeeping .
In The Masters picture , everything is a gift and there is always something more . But we are too busy making ends meet to easily see that .
Its all too much for the poor citizen of the earth to cope with?
If its any comfort its not all about money - he talks about that later .
So how in the world can this other worldy character really said to be in touch with and beyond the economic preoccupations of his audience - both then,  through thousands of years of history , and today ?
  • Hes' talking about the modern day concept of externalities . 
  • He's taking the mickey out of the pedantic pharisees who preach a pure form of accountancy still popular with many blinkered bookkeepers of our day. Put your glasses on people !
  • Hes going beyond mere accountancy to sound economic policy and activity.  
  • He's not being inconsistent about moral and economic principles --noone was hurt by the stewards action. He didn't mention the J curve,  but its implied   He didn't claim to know the way the angels work , but its implied  
  • He's giving his own followers heaps -  don't be too sentimental and ignorant about the hard stuff . He , as their  friend,  knows that they too can be too soft and sentimental about money and resources .Holding the balance requires work and --- well who likes that . What a punch that is for them though -in the guts of the generous spirit  Double wammy to question good accounting practice !?   " you need to look after your own family first and do it with all the wisdom of the true economy ( that the oil and grain are often overpriced and you can negotiate a good deal where no one gets hurt .You need to be wise stewards as well as good stewards . Wammo . 
  • He doesn't ignore the fact that much good stuff has little to do with money but explores the relations  to externalities elsewhere . For the self centred "externalities" aren't seen, so you have to ]pick your audience if you want to talk about them .  
  • Jesus is calling on his followers to be wise stewards and traders -not mere bookkeepers and at the mercy of them -- those who know very well how to rip them and the poor producers off
  • He's calling on the audience to think of the big picture and the big injustices  - where people hoard and drive up the price and make money on the deal . Where the really rich hide is on the back of the farmer and the perishable product maker. 
  • He has been calling for a unique economic deal for farmers for eons . Its unlikely these rich blokes in the story were farmers-- they just lived off their produce . The need still remains amongst capitalist economies to fully recognise the unique eco requirements of primary producers and provide for them wisely carefully and without the pedanty (all industry in not the same) , idolatry and government is just business nonsense that many modren conservatives espouse.  You simply can't support custody of the environment if you don't accept primary producers unique exposure to real risks - both arising from the earth and the market an choice environment. 
  • He's calling on the audience to think of the big picture and big injustices  - where people work hard to keep the books in order so there is some at the end for those who missed out   
  • He's calling on the audience to think of the big picture and the fact that we should hang it on the traders   - they can afford it and they too need to do good .  Vegetable traders know this problem best and God bless them when they identify with the poor producers in this. We must too so all those trying to survive in the middle east and north africa don't become fodder for war by the arms traders 

Diversity not uniformity in the way we approach each other in our respect --ive eco places  .

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Why does the budget matter so much to the ABC ?

Sure it affects us but we ,like Trump supporters,  want entertainment -esp in the evening .
I do wonder  whether its because they,  like some accountants,   think everything is mere numbers.

Listening to  Jane Caro make the same old pedantic and ineffective point about the funding to public schools,I am reminded of the relish some accountants have trying to run others  businesses
Accountants at least , must LEARN  real ground truthing  or they will lose their  clients .

The lack of accountability seems to explain why Jane Caro can keep making the same silly simple point she's made for years and why people we pay to be mere reporters get angry and anxious on the stage.
This new breed of commentayranians  have forgotten that , as reporters they have our respect : When they go beyond it, they clearly risk losing that respect
Big responsibility for ABC  to bear . It would really help if everyone stuck to the job they were trained for.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

State and church sanctioned sentimentality

Thankfully someone outside the comfortable tree of sacred state sanctioned sentiment has pointed out that government as mother and father  is a very dangerous  and growing monster ,,,,able in one foul swoop to turn tyrant.  Nice enough now but you wait !
Theodore Dalrymple has done the church and the state a service - reminding them that they are in cohoots and are too remote and sentimental ..( and are reactive - they often feed off taxes ) ..for them or our own good --- the toxic cult of sentimentality has disasterous consequences for societies;   like those in Europe who are most infected with the disease ; true care is tough local and personal first .
Its unlikely Dad and Mum goverenment would ever be fat enough to keep us in the manner to which we have become accustomed . They could realistically only ever appear to listen .
Dearest mother and father  - at your very best you pruned us . But only and ever because you knew where the cuts would heal  and because you know that for us and Australai to really survive and thrive  we must push each other to live independantly innnovatively and ......avoid the easy road of dependancy .

ACOSS can talk all it likes about cutting off more of the savings of the wealthy ,but those of us who have worked hard all our lives to avoid dependancy know its easier to give in .( we need a million dollars in savings to compete for a pension )  This should not be so.

ACOSS , with government must respect the way we invest our money towards retirement . Sure,  discourage the family home safe haven and buildings and savings banks generally . Give incentives for Trusts which serve particular and productive investment purposes instead of hoping houses and banks and pensions will save us . Should shares and access to them be given more of a priority?

As for the church - if it thought for itself ,  maybe it would be aware of the danger Dalrymple has identified.
as Macintyre has put it
The modern nation-state, in whatever guise, is a dangerous and unmanageable institution, presenting itself on the one hand as a bureaucratic supplier of goods and services, which is always about to, but never actually does, give its clients value for money, and on the other as a repository of sacred values, which from time to time invites one to lay down one’s life on its behalf . . . [I]t is like being asked to die for the telephone company.
"The handing over of the gospel to the anemic embrace of bourgeois sentimentality."  Metz

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