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 realise 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 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 problem –a lack of motivation and direction is the result of such a policy.
Surely the above suggestion 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 , 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 .
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 .
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 ?
 Clearly some choices we make are deep down combinations of motivation. 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.

Conclusion
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.

Qualification
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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Friday, January 31, 2014

Understand population dynamics so you don't let it worry you

............and you  learn to help prevent unsustainable growth and wastage.
One of the joys of working with nature is working with the components to let dynamic communities thrive .There are at times forces at work to threaten living communities but , with understanding,  the people in those communities can hope to rebuild the resilience that is every communities hope .
The failure of industrial societies to accept the different communal objectives of agriculture is a growing sore that threatens the security and stability of both agriculture and industrial communities the world over.

Time for greens of all shades to accept diversity in paradigms of economics just as they do with diversity of ecosystems . The reality is we can accept  the models of growth relevant for commercial reality  (' The Market")  BUT  reject them when they are not sensitive enough when operating with people living/working with the environment .

I long for the day when biologists aren't the only scientists to support diversity in eco- modelling ( I covered some of the ways we can hope to do this in my paper "Scarcity and Abundance ".Ask me if you want a  copy .

The graph shows how  recent political expediency in the West is eroding our ability to help ourselves   ( incl our farmers) and others working the land overseas - The reactionaries think they are helping when infact they are often  wasting the opportunity to build resilience.( Ignorance and arrogance are unfortunately all too common partners)

 If we work with nature, by truly understanding nature , nature can do most of the work , which is great because the other elements of our world are more efficient than we are in getting the job done .
 I long for the day when engineers respect ecologists and vice versa -  a sign then that we are making progress- real progress . Questions welcome .

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Superwoman

The Fabian society has always played god in the place of God .How effective have they been -- in the real world ? Leaving aside the big question of whether God has the last word on this  , the question for thinking people,  over 100 years since it began,   is whether the heresy works where it matters - on the ground . Wells and Shaw wrote plays and celebrated the idea of superman ( just as Hitler and our own Labor party did some years later  )
Chesterton points out that Shaw was mostly show and while Chesterton didn't  see much of the fanaticism that inevitably infects the host of such ideas when they aren't working , its adherents often do show it then . And show they did on Q&A last night .
Allanah (WA labor representative ), in running the old piece of blinkered irrational nonsense  "that Catholics don't care because they don't push contraception"  was of course popular with the audience because it was piece of the programs old predjudice driven drivel ; an idea whose simplicity appeals to the simple casual and careless observers who can be relied upon to be distracted by it - for decades, .Would Viv and her group go out trying to educate poor women about contraceptives ( in the same way Allanah's generation did ) and offer them as free cargo for the trip? I think not!( Viv's group are smarter than that )   The fact that the real  onground ongoing programs of education , economic development and political activism  are much more effective in talking about contraception than the quick fix of flyin flyout population controllers and culture change cretons( as if it was as easy as a pill)  . Again Oaktree will have their day too. Why do they insist on it being only for young people ? Interestingly they challenge all of us oldies by rejecting our consensus about effective political action for a new model of their own ( what's new in that ? ) - Does solution develepment require the will or intention( their contribution )  or experience knowledge ( our contribution ) or a bit of both ? whose being rational here ? Isaiah 1 . How can such movements really work when they don't tap into the latter and the stuff of historical momentum and sustainability in the West ( stuff on this site) .   
Perhaps Labor party members should join the population control party to shore up their dwindling support ; healthly for them , like the loopy greens alliance was ; healthy for them to see who their real friends are , and how much they really care for people .See the choices for the next election ;Easy choices on offer parties at the next election;; euthenasia , quick fix free beer and drop out parties ( u drop out!)"watch out for any party thats losing its moral base'"==  Allanah again

In trying to defend the Labor party, both labor reps showed up its real weaknesses .Allanah said , its desperately trying to find some moral high ground ( Both Labor stooges want it to be a consensus in the clouds over CC  ) The distracted talk around this made all the fuss over the Catholic church (as the root of all evil ) seem like projection - I can see young people saying " what are these old reactionaries on about here ?" . Clue :  even Viv had to remind the audience ( that unlike superwoman and super ABC talk )  , the Catholic church was"  not all bad " . Why ? because the pope's was not trying to hold onto the silly superman theory ,  power for him is a paradoxical and deeper thing. The pope  actually claimed the power was not really his - and like Francis of Assisi , not in the apparent stuff on the surface - the policy to end all poverty is therefore rejected as presumption of power . This reality does not stop people trying- the clear will to stay firmly on the ground to fix things is in Oaktree and the church and its ground troops . The ABC can mock and sneer but the beer is on tap for those who stand firm against the  snide simplistic stuff . You can only mock  Francis , Jesus and " the rest of that sorry lot ".for a short while before judgement comes
Superman's biggest problem may not just be that he takes control away from people, but that he assumes to have that right .This is a principle that not even God has ever advocated
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For the story on the house with too many windows see later .

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