One of my pet hates is the increase of tall fences in suburbia. Blocking out the neighbours and social contact and reducing visibility between properties reduces security. These barricades between properties may actually do the reverse of what they purportedly are supposed to do. Go figure, I understand if you neighbours are truly detestable you may want a tall fence, but good suburbs are made up of socialising within the neighbourhood and everybody keeping an eye out for each other.
This topic of how important drivers (self included) become when behind the wheel. For some reason it seems the gas guzzling, air-conditioned, maintenance demanding transport device has taken precedence over all other healthier and less polluting forms of transport.
And then to see the very cars pull in to Maccas just leaves me confused.
The title is an old message originating a long time ago and expressed in Proverb 21:20, The wise store up choice food and olive oil,but fools gulp theirs down.
I will not start spouting proverbs but it does show this has been around for along time. However I think it is some kind of educational tale rather than the mantra of consumerism. It has become something of a justification for unscrupulous people to take advantage of the gullible.
So many of us have become the fool. Enslaved by advertising, consumerism and credit.
This post takes the mythological Greek character Sisyphus who was basically made to push a rock up a hill only to see it role back down for being so self important. These days the self important that we keep voting into government, or support through consumerism delegate the job to the ordinary person. Of course they have tweeted the model so everyone gets to feel they have had a little win every now and then just to keep the rocks rolling.
There is a lot of resentment and disillusionment in the world today and the dream of societies working together for the greater good seems to be giving way to an insular , walled in approach, defined by fear and insecurity.
So this more philosophical year of my life begins with the idea of lost hope while I search for ways to find new hope. But all in good humour, Life is good. It could always be little better.
Well this brings a close to year (365 blogs) of political satire. Next year will be a little different with less of the daily news and more of a philosophical examination of society and culture in a consumerist world. Broader politics will not escape.
Well former premier says the next Queensland government will be a coalition between one of the major parties and One Nation.
News from the UN that this 2016 will be the hottest year since records began.
Is it the end of the road?