At the risk of being repetitive, I am so upset by Australia’s treatment of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that I have the urge to once more offer an extract from George Orwell’s ‘1984’.
30 years after the fantasised date, it seems his words have come true.
“Do you not begin to see, then, what kind of world it is we are creating? A world of fear and treachery, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world that will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.” (George Orwell, 1984.)
But, what the heck? Now that the World Cup is over and the State of Origin (rugby) finished for a while, all many Australians can talk about right now is the courage shown by a great sportsman to ‘come out’ and declare that he is gay. Whilst not denigrating the magnificent swimmer’s position, it is amazing that this is the subject that dominates the airwaves and the office ‘water cooler’ conversations of the day.
Then there’s the Israel-Gaza horror.... Syria, anyone? Iraq crisis? 200 kidnapped girls?
Ostrich heads in the sand?
Perhaps it’s our way of coping.
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