Optimism & Compassion -a way forward

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This is a new year and a fresh start… So why are some people so mired in misery they cannot look forward with optimism? Are they simply overwhelmed by what is on on social media and in the press?

1902905_10152714619619769_4440640801555438514_nWe all know things were bad in the past and that terrible, reprehensible things happened; not just last year or fifty years ago or the last century, but all the centuries before. We should remember the learnings and not repeat the mistakes. There were wonderful achievements as well, but these become buried.

It appears many believe everything published in the press or on social media – without checking their facts. We demand change but rarely offer a sustainable solution.
We look for what is wrong with the world rather than what is right. We have the ability to question government through legal protests and we have the power of the vote. If you want to complain about politicians superannuation first learn how the system works – same as it does for every other superannuate in Australia. Challenge what is wrong but don’t fixate on it.

See the joy in the world as well.

I don’t like double dipping, abuse of privileges, discrimination, the way we treat refugees and our treatment of our First Nation people. I am appalled at the mistreatment of vulnerable people and “disadvantaged groups” and those who don’t conform to so- called society norms.

There needs to be more personal, local, state and federal accountability and transparency, across all sections of the community. Profiteering by businesses and taxation reform would be a good start. We need to stop selling all our land, services, resources and businesses off shore. We need to ensure an equitable living wage to achieve these things. Do we expect too much as a society?

Often we are compared to older nations such as Denmark. Look at the age, the infrastructure built up over centuries, the population and size of Denmark and then look at the size and population of Australia, we are one of the biggest in physical area and youngest countries in terms of western development in the world.  There is your answer.
There is an obligation on each one of us to care for the environment, the sick, the frail, and the elderly. To do that we need taxes. The more people we need to care for the harder our taxes have to work.  We need to stop being NIMBY’s and accept special needs housing and mixed housing in our neighbourhood.

We need to lead by example and be that change that we want to see in others. We need to understand why things happen and stop knee jerk reactions. Don’t be fooled by the flim-flam man. Present reasoned sustainable solutions for consideration. Don’t expect others to change while you maintain your sense of privilege.

Use the power of social media effectively (not rail against every injustice that hits your news feed.) People stop reading your posts after a while and you burn out. Use petitions – use the voting box – use our democratic system – if you don’t like what the candidates represent then stand for election yourself at a local government, state or federal level.
Contrary to popular belief politicians are not special people, rightly or wrongly they have stood up because they have an opinion and want it heard. Our system may not be perfect, but it is a damned side better than most of the others out there. You do have the opportunity to make that change. The ball is in your court.

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About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. She is a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) completing Bachelor of Creative Writing. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la, and their second-hand book shop.

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