Please, please, check before you post! You may be surprised to discover that just because something appears on the internet, or on social media of some description, it doesn’t mean that it’s true. Let me give you an example. Recently, a meme has been circulating on social media. This meme, over a picture of a … Continue reading Please think before you post
This week, I’ve been feeling angry. This is not the kind of world that I want my kids growing up in - where a young woman like Eurydice Dixon might be killed just because of the audacious crime of walking home alone. A world where another refugee, who came to Australia to escape God knows … Continue reading What to do when the world seems terrible?
Some time ago, I had an argument with a guy who was complaining about Aboriginal people being given free cars by the government. I’m not joking - he was adamant that this was happening, despite me telling him in no uncertain terms that this was utter nonsense. Indigenous folks, it must be really tough, hey? … Continue reading White Australia still has a Black History
Salim, picture from the Guardian This week, an asylum seeker died on Manus Island, in an apparent suicide. The Rohingya man, Salim, was a member of one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Salim, who had a history of both medical issues and mental health concerns, had been on Manus Island for more … Continue reading Refugees, flowers, and loving our neighbors.
So the Federal budget has been announced. Of course, within hours, the memes and the hashtags had appeared. And within a day or two, I’d had the online argument that I’ve had a few times before. Should we be spending more on foreign aid? Or less? One of my Facebook friends insists that we as … Continue reading Foreign Aid-Why Should We Care?
Dear Facebook friend, here is why I am unfriending you. I know, I know, we’ve shared some fun banter over the years, we’ve liked each others’ posts, and you’ve even wished me happy birthday once or twice. It’s the stuff you post, though. It really pushes all of my buttons. Look, I’m a big enough … Continue reading Dear Facebook Friend
My partner is a skeptic. I tell him about something I’ve read, and he raises his eyebrows. Cue furious defensiveness from me. He doesn’t believe in any of the hippie-spiritual stuff that I love-but he does have a particular reverent faith in science, logic and reason. Opposites attract, of course, and I have a particular … Continue reading Reason vs Faith