EYE-BALL’s Herman on – What is an adequate Contrition? –
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– What is an adequate Contrition? –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 30th May 2013 |
|Two stories are flooding the media waves today. Eddie McGuire and his Adam Goodes gaffe, and the bipartisan support for electoral funding.
Both episodes are wrong, public opinion and trial by media have had the proper outcome, but can either be expunged?
The concept of (law of) Karma, are difficult for most to understand. Karma can’t be reversed instantaneously.
In Buddhist thought Karma is earned over a series of incarnations. I personally struggle with re-incarnation. But I can appreciate such an issue, through my own life, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and history does repeat.
Just observing the character, mainly through Collingwood in the AFL and channel 9’s ‘Hotseat’, Eddie McGuire is a big head. Long on self righteousness, and short on common decency and respect. On ‘Hotseat’ his researchers give him answers, and he presents them as if his is an authority.
He is never short on grandiloquence and pomposity.
The electoral funding issue runs much much deeper, and is not just media kandy. Sigmund Freud stated 80% of our brain is given over to unconscious thought, and maybe 20% conscious thought. He loosely termed unconscious thought anima (maybe that was Carl Jung). That part of the cerebral processes given over to heart pumping, breathing, eating and so on. He caused outrage. I am not an animal, I have manners. My sex drive does not outstrip my capacity for respect etc
One of those unconscious thoughts is survival, which as a different layer of the same innate behaviour becomes self interest. When can we act out of greater good, and when do we act out of self interest?
If there are 2 oranges and 2 people, when does one choose the inferior one, and how many given the 1st choice would pick the more luscious one. Repeat the same exercise several times, and the person choosing second will accelerate his claims to 1st choice. Most simple self interest.
Change the exercise to 2 cars, one sporty and elitist, a picture of desire, and the other 2nd hand, old and beaten but possibly more reliable, cheaper insurance, repairs and other running costs. We now start to develop a different conundrum that is Jung’s work on duality. A different story but expected to bring in complexity and diversity. The varying dimensions.
Mark Dreyfus has not covered himself with any glory this week on the electoral funding issue. This government has seen on their watch, accumulated government debt of $300 billion. Worse still this year they have presented a structural deficit of about 20 billion pa, and continue to talk about grand vision that many can’t comprehend, or truly understand, but we can’t afford.
Things are going from bad to worse. The wanton and reckless spending continues like a kid in a candy shop.
We accept that in Nov 2007 much of the structural surplus was beyond our control, and the welfare mentality was creeping in as the Coalition government set about buying votes. We were lucky, blessed. That too had its antecedents in economic reform of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Call it good Karma. By 2010 the OECD was highlighting we were the envy of the Western world. But the excesses continued. Throw some more money at it. We can afford it we are the envy of the western world!
Stop! You have really killed our bounty. Call it bad Karma, or call it the Scottish rite. We are drunk on lavishing ourselves with no regard for tomorrow.
The Scottish rite;
In every culture or socio economic grouping it is there, call it the wisdom of the ages. Out there in the ethers. The conscious cerebral knowledge versus the anima.
That is what Peter Costello achieved in his 12 budgets. Low key, boring, trim here, cut there, change culture, but don’t leave negative legacy for the next decade. Pay your debts, honour your obligations.
It does also mean that some economic sectors like schools are underfunded, while the fashions of the time (financial engineering and health and happiness) bubble. That is the core issue with Gonski. Our cleverest minds are attracted to other than education. The best example of all in government policy over belief is Work Choices. It failed the most critical test of egalitarianism – for the greater good.
Market forces entrench the class warfare. Left unchecked and the rot sets in.
Bankers paying themselves bonuses of $30 to $110 million for what?
While the labourer struggles to pay the rent or mortgage if half lucky, pays his taxes, can’t afford any little luxury, sends his kids to State schools, where the teachers just go through the motions, paying lip service to real education, and the downward spiral goes on unchecked. This labourer drinks excessively punts on two flys, has unmotivated attitudes, bordering on depressive illness and so on. He also is a poor role model to the offspring. The women folk have their own coping mechanism. But I think the point is made. The intervention in Arnhem land is representative of what?
Has the coalition really achieved any contrition during their 6 years in opposition? Have they learned (or earned) their Karma. Quite possibly not. On electoral funding, definitely not.
They call this year’s budget a fiscal emergency. Yet splashing around another 20 million on pollies, is OK. This comes on the back of the Government paying themselves 30 to 40% pay rises only early last year. How much did that excess contribute to this structural deficit? (2 or 3%?) The game of inches! Who will control the spin merchants and the finance sector? You can’t beat them, just join ‘em!
As I too often need to repeat, the coalition will only win this election by default. Not by merit. Have they earned the trust of the electorate through jurisprudence? Is there any alternative?
Why is Martin Ferguson retiring? He will be 60 come December. He will be too old to see parliamentary front bench again. So what! Did he marry the ACTU and ALP for richer and for poorer, in good times and in bad. Who will be there post election to pick up the pieces? Another bunch of young former ALP staffers, who have never really had a serious job. They have only learned self interest. Abuse of the union funds, a free ride.
Nicola Roxon wants to quit to be a mummy. I would have thought a parliament of wise old owls, wants grand mummies, not pre natal interns. Our elders are washed up in their 50’s.
There is no wisdom of the ages. Gillard will be our 7th former living PM. Even by the turbulent times standard of the 1920’s and 1930’s that is something to dwell on. A real merry go round. Going no where! I’ll have a go! I only need a few months controlling treasury to richly endow my circle with untold wealth.
In a decade’s time Mark Dreyfus will still be a point of derision. Just like Eddie McGuire is today. Grandiloquent and pompous. An emperor without any clothes. Not only is he QC, his is the Attorney General, and Special Minister of State. (for about 6 months) Full of what-ness, but no real who-ness! According to Mark Dreyfus when interviewed by Tony Jones on Lateline, George Brandis is complicit for breaching security, but if Dreyfus explains how or why, he too will be guilty of the same thing, breaching state secrets.
This morning’s media release by Dreyfus, to heap excretia on Tony Abbott, but not answer questions about his part in this fraud. Get real.
In the next 7 days, expect Bronwyn Bishop to announce that she too will retire as MHR for Mackellar. She will be the coalition scapegoat for this aborted rort. She turns 71 come October. Jonathon O’Dea state MLA for Davidson, would love for the vacancy in MacKellar to arise. So might Mike Baird, but he has a good job as things stand. What a great idea, Jonno O’Dea.
As for Tony Abbott, a real heart felt sorry is only the beginning. Good Karma takes time. Why was it left to Bronwyn to agree to this draft bill? Why did Barnaby claim it had not been discussed in the party room? Why did it fall on Warren Truss to knock it on the head?
Believing in sanity is itself insanity!
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