To Live and Let Live

When the blind lead the blind down the streets of the CBD they forget, or, are blind to the smooth and effective systems that regulate daily life, from bedtime to re-bed time. Together they facilitate civic life that we all enjoy. To try to be free of them is to wish for a paradise free from interdependence and conscience restraints, an idle life free of responsibility of any kind. It’s almost as impossible as being perfect.

Why this compulsive stumbling toward the unattainable? We live gregarious lives intertwined with others. We depend on others as they depend on us. To reverse that is to act like infants challenging parental authority. For four or five year olds such behaviour can find pardoned with a simple, “Sorry”. When adults misbehave, putting their own perceived rights above those of others, there are social consequences; disruptions mean amnesty  at a higher cost (invariably the community ends up paying). 

Where there are more than two individuals there is potential for conflict and disagreement. Who and what determines who is right? Who deserves to dominate? Does might give a divine right to rule and be obeyed? Is the human kingdom no more than a pretentious animal kingdom; where the choice lies between fleeing and fighting? If the noble “two-legged things” are truly compassionate and respectful of fellow humans, higher standards of behaviour are expected. Consideration and empathy would rate highly. These could only be possible with a degree of self-restraint. On a social platform this means discipline   – exalting the simple principle of “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. 

Cynics in Politics

How politicians do take us for granted, and then make believe that they work for our good. Example in hand is the much debated Anti- discrimination Bill before parliament. There are the self-righteous claims and the flag waving on issues that arise from time-to-time in the workplace and our educational institutions. There is no arguing with the facts that in our society merit ranks foremost in the job selections process. We support students ( and teachers) having free access to where they want to study/work without hindrance from the governing bodies. And, legislations already exist to protect the rights of disadvantaged individuals. There may be half-a-dozen Acts at the Commonwealth level, and equal numbers the same at state levels. Bodies and corporate institutions at the micro levels have codes and guidelines under the watchful eyes of their governing boards. So. What is the idea of burdening the taxpayers with what is a tedious process for  “notional “ gains that have not been validated in public. And to all purposes, would only result in a surfeit of policing.  

If the government truly believes that there are grey areas (that in their eyes) are being exploited, and that reforms need to be introduced for the benefit of the community, it should do so transparently; ensuring that the constitution rights of all parties are protected in the spirit and letter of the law. In the larger scheme of things, we already have a legislated body that’s charged with scrutinising and reviewing the Constitution and Laws as they exist. Should it not be expedient to reconsider all legislations on discrimination with a view to rationalise and combine them? When the law allows it, the courts (be it reluctantly) will allow it too.