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"Should we believe this or not?" sure ain't gonna fix it

Posted by Philip on 28 April 2014, 3:23 pm in , , , , , ,

Yes! No!The last episode of TVNZ's Sunday left me wondering whether the human condition will ever evolve to a level beyond which binary logic prevails. Maverick Australian broadcaster Derrin Hinch's crusade for a public sex offenders' register epitomises, once again, the inability for people to problem-solve further than a choice between A or B, yes or no, true or false. 

Our own duality demon, legal highs, is another prolific example of politicians (but aren't they just better paid, yet not necessarily better quality broadcasters, really?), this time caving to the whim of a few hysterical could-be voters, who can't live with a few people blowing a few unused brain cells on synthetic cannabinoids to avoid going to prison. The current law was actually a reasonable attempt to find a happy medium — silly them, they made a mistake.

The majority of society thinks that children will be safe from sex offenders if we publicly name and shame them, and that addicts will be rid of drugs if we ban them. That is a really BIG problem. A public opinion poll — "Should we believe this or not?" — sure ain't gonna fix it.

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The lengths we have gone to get away from ourselves

Posted by Philip on 8 April 2014, 8:02 am in , , , , ,

I went to a play the other day. A lot of people had recommended it. It was good, a little long perhaps, but well-written, well-acted and well staged. Not life-changing though. I missed a sunny afternoon reading on the deck.

I went to a seminar the other day. The first two speakers were rather dull. The keynote speaker was egotistical and irritating. Definitely not life-changing. I missed another a sunny afternoon reading on the deck.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture. In 1975 he wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his philosophy, and farming techniques.

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