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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – What is an adequate Contrition? –

May 30, 2013
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Title:
– 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.
Eddie McGuire was Chief Exec of Channel 9 when he made his very misogynist comments about Jessica Rowe. We were told at the time, his ultimate replacement was for other reasons.

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;

You look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.

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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  1. Barry M
    May 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    A couple of points. Eddie Everywhere can start his redemption by demanding Demetriou, Goodes and Hinds all join him in pleading forgiveness from the 13 yo girl they all so willingly belittled, scapegoated and then threw under a bus when they finished with their self righteous crap.
    Mike Baird should stay in bed with O’Farrell.

  2. PowerToThePeople
    May 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    It’s not just a Scottish rite – I was born in England and we had the same saying or thereabouts. Another variant is penny wise and pound foolish…………………… Tony Abbott needs to be leading and to stick it right up this Shambles of a Minority Government (without the Greens and the so called Independents who are not Independent). Have some Bottle and go for the Jugular (JuLIAR er ger).

  3. hillbilly33
    May 31, 2013 at 8:39 am

    The real chickens from the disgusting decision in the Andrew Bolt case are well and truly coming home to roost. The right to claim to be offended even if no offence is intended.

    I have always admired Adam Goodes both as a footballer and a man, but I wonder how he and all the other ‘morally outraged’ hangers-on who have jumped aboard would feel, if this 13yr old girl had self-harmed as a result of the over-reaction and public humiliation from the rubbish being dumped on her because he, as a fully-grown man and tough-playing footballer, who must have endured far worse insults in his life as all of us have done no matter what race we are, ‘choosing’ to be offended by such a puerile comment from an immature teen at a football match!

    My dad before he went war over 70 years ago, and my mother while he was away instilled in me the old saying which still rings true – ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’!

    Let’s not get too precious about what anyone says in the heat of the moment or at any other time! Choose not to be offended instead and save a lot of angst and hassle!

  4. Barry M
    May 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hillbilly your words ring true. The young girl could well be affected for a few years, hopefully she will work through her public humiliation.
    The other sad thing is that as Goodes grows older and his children go through their teenage years he may well come to regret his ‘rage and humiliating of a 13 year old’. No matter how well a parent educates their children they (children) are human and therefore flawed and that makes them susceptible to errors of judgement
    When it really hits home is if and when he is a grandfather of a 13 year old girl. He will not be able to control what comes out of her mouth and God forbid that she errs in her judgement and be humiliated by a stranger and celebrity. I can guarantee he will be far more outraged that a big noting celebrity should humiliate his granddaughter in full view of the nation than he was when a 13 yo girl erred in her judgement when he was a burly footballer.

  5. May 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hillbilly33 – the real crime here is that the reporting of the incident is what has escalated the matter – Goodes did his complaint on-field … a brain snap on both sides one might say … if he was immersed in the game how could he be distracted by a crowd comment?
    Why was he listening and why did he hear it …

    I read elsewhere on this matter that the referees cop millions of slurs a game from the crowd … can you imagine them stopping and distracting the game to point out a similar slur …

    Goodes is a grown adult and this political correctness is imploding on itself … when can you use the word ‘black’ in a conversation with a ‘black’ person … base level racism and bigotry exists through ignorance and you will never change that … people chose to be ignorant …
    Hell – our Government is racist and discriminate in so many ways – they enact laws for the better good and in doing so they treat Aboriginals different to all white Australians …

    They discriminate tax levy’s between different layers of income … they favour baby welfare over those who chose to have no children … they make choices every day that have positive and negative impacts across a whole spectrum of racial and discriminate borders … and done so in the name of our Government.
    Keeping it simple as you refer to what your Dad said is common sense … in this Goodes matter – a comparison can be made to the British nurse who took her own life because some radio jocks played a prank … what this 13yo girl has been exposed to through the use of a word that someone took offence to is a shame on all of us …

    Any teenage comment, jibe, slur, or other spur of the moment exasperation aimed at a sporting hero is a measure of respect in many ways …
    This is the ‘what’s wrong’ with our society … all the focus on the little nothings … the cheap shot for media outlets to rile the listeners hackles – the poke to allow the internal angers of life escape … it really is just plain dumb …

  6. hillbilly33
    May 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Eyeball. A brain snap by Goodes to a comment he should have ignored, as I’m sure he’s done many times before to far worse. But look at the gross over-reaction fuelled by our brainless MSM still going on, with all the usual gaggle of d-h’s jumping aboard for their few minutes of illusory ‘fame’ in the media spotlight!

    To adapt another old saying, they are swallowing a Gillard camel while choking on a Goodes gnat! I suppose I’d better make clear that’s a multicultural multiracial gnat or I might finish up being highlighted on the SBS show, ‘Living Black’. Personally, I like to live Australian amongst the many other Australians of all different shapes, colours, creeds and racial backgrounds, as I have successfully and happily done for 80 years.

    As one of my aboriginal golfing friends, who calls himself a stupid black b——– every time he misses an easy putt would say, – get over it and get a life!

  7. May 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    lol…

  8. Paul
    June 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Given the rich tapestry of abusive words provided by the English language, involving parentage, bodily functions and parts, the animal kingdom, more bodily parts, etc etc, I think “Ape” was a pretty conservative selection.

  9. June 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I envision some wag will create a new banner, right on the sidelines at the MCG
    “Well Done precious”
    and display it every time Adam Goodes makes an error, when next playing at the Gee.
    The pen is mightier than the sword.

  10. Barry M
    June 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    With a capital P

  11. June 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I have been mulling on the indigenous word garpay. About a decade ago, I said to an indigenous friend I was a garpay, and they said no I was not, I was a Koori. They explained a garpay was someone intolerant or ignorant of indigenous culture. The white man invaders.

    Earlier this year I read something to further this knowledge. It was something to do with Captain Arthur Phillip. The word when correctly spelt, means rock, pebble, useless nuisance.

    2 of my wives, were born in Europe. They have children born in Australia. Amongst themselves they often joke about wog or bloody vag (wog given a Slavic or Austrian pronunciation). It is a joke I or my friends are not welcome to share in.

    Tolerance is the only answer.

  12. June 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sorry, I am not a bigamist, My current wife and former wife.

    A bigamist is a fog over Rome.

  13. hillbilly33
    June 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Note my forbearance Herman, from recycling a very old wartime joke about a former enemy and what constitutes air pollution. I’m not going to parachute myself into that now very politically incorrect situation!

  14. Barry M
    June 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I can only afford one of them but she is Greek. Greeks have a way of telling you things without saying anything. I asked her one day why she shrugged her shoulders while slapping her forehead with the palm of her hand when I asked certain questions. Apparently it means “I don’t know” and it’s done if they think the question and you are stupid.
    The other one is her hand and five digits are held up and pushed in a slight forward movement to my face. It is derogatory and is telling me I am a idiot or an arsehole or even an ape. When it is done with the other hand hitting the first hand the slur is doubled.
    This is all done without a word being said. They are smarter than us Anglo’s.
    Maybe we could use these hand gestures at the footy.

  15. June 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    What is politically incorrect? This is Australia. One in 4 were born overseas and that is a constant about 200 years of history. Another old joke of my Mum’s from the war years;
    “He is a well balanced Australian, with a bloody big chip on each shoulder”.

  16. Barry M
    June 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Is this religiously incorrect?
    When playing rugby I played for the Marist Club, it was an open club but based around the catholic school system. It was a common experience for opposition spectators to loudly proclaim we were “rosary rattling bastards”. The opposition players were always keen to inform us to “wrap ya rosary beads around that” whenever they scored or they had the temerity to land one on our jaw.
    I wonder if I could hunt these people down and sue the backsides off them for offending me?

  17. June 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I too played for Eastern Suburbs Catholic Club, Cathos while being sent to an Anglican Sunday School. Being a proddy footer or a left footer, is all pretty much the same today.

    Oops, have I faux pas ‘ed again?

  18. hillbilly33
    June 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Speaking of chips. There was a terrific Greek takeaway in a small town on the way down to a beach place I visit. They had the best fish and chips in Tassie and I used to stop for a feed every time I went past. For a short while they proudly advertised in large letters on their shopfront window “Traditional Wog Tucker”. It didn’t last long once the “politically correct” brigade got a whiff and they were forced to remove it, but I guarantee it wasn’t Greeks who complained.

    If any newcomer to Australia over the years has asked for advice on how to “fit in”, I say – don’t take any of us too seriously and make sure you learn to laugh at yourself!

    Did you know one of the best ways to stop an argument, especially with a wife, is to agree with them! Yes, you’re right. I am a selfish, inconsiderate, insensiive lazy oaf. And your point is…..?

    Cheers H/B

  19. Barry M
    June 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    We had pansy winger in the team who started wearing shorts with pockets. At first we all thought he wore them to keep his hands warm. It wasn’t long before we found out the real reason.
    He copped the rosary rattler line from a spectator and the next thing he had the beads out rattling them at bloke. Things got handled differently ‘once upon a time’.
    All this sensitivity crap started when the ‘libbers’ started telling us blokes we had know emotions.

  20. Barry M
    June 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Sorry ..NO not know

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