Today my family left Australia for a new life in New Zealand.
My brother in law Peter has a new job with a casino in New Zealand, having left behind Star in Sydney.
I trust it will be a good change for Peter, Jennifer and their two girls. They are also taking my mum along with them. She’s been assured she isn’t to become the live-in babysitter, but they are letting her join them as a way of retirement.
Mum has worked pretty much her entire life and she’s been living for others for all that time. I hope she finds a lot more time for herself and she has a lot of new adventures in New Zealand.
I’ve started another Humanity Hiatus. A time when I pull away from social media and news and concentrate on my life and work for a time.
Last time it was for about six months, this time I’ll be going for at least the same amount of time, and at the end of it will see if I want to come back.
I used to watch TED talks all the time, but they fell away to Facebook, YouTube and others over time, but I do love TED. And today, while having lunch I found the following videos that likely encompasses the WHY I (and others) need to take these breaks.
Marriage Equality is the subject for today in the party rooms. They will, hopefully, be discussing Dean Smith’s private member’s bill and, hopefully, they will approve it for discussion and a vote in parliament.
The government is crazy if they think they can survive NOT putting this forward. It has gone on long enough, over 20 bills have been put forward and rejected over the last 10 or so years. This is an inevitability they must face. They can either be the party that lead the way to marriage equality in Australia, or they can get out of the way at the next election.
For those who worry about the religious exemptions in the bill fear not for two reason:
The gays are just being added to a long list of exemptions that already exist for clergy. They currently are exempt from having to marry people who have differing faiths, from themselves or from each other, divorcees, and even people they don’t think should be married. They can currently just say, nope, I don’t think you’re right for each other, I’m not going to be the one to marry you. So we gays are just being added to a list that already exists, they aren’t making a new one.
The churches will come around, and likely quite quickly. Their numbers are falling, the are bolstering them with rhetoric about the evils of the gays and their abhorrent lifestyle “choice”. But they are fighting a losing battle. Sure the Biebs and other music, and the brainwashing is bringing folks to Hillsong. But that can’t save the dying ideology that is structured religion.
We know the churches will come around because they need the money and because we have historic precedent… black people and the church. The church was a driver behind segregation and preventing inter-racial marriage, but these days it’s mostly nothing to them. They embrace black culture and in the US the African American community have weird, in my opinion, embraced the church… the teachings of which once and continues to drive the KKK and other white supremacists.
So let’s not fear the religious exemptions as they exist in the bill. Let’s get married and let the church sort itself out. We don’t need them any more now than we did yesterday.
It’s time to join the new world of liberty and equality for all.
Our little robot vacuum cleaner, Dusty, is so cordial, she* says things like:
“Thank you for emptying my dirt bin and cleaning my filter”.
To which I often reply:
“That’s OK, thank you for keeping my floors clean.”
She does and awesome job and I am truly grateful to have her. She’s a Kobold VR200 and having had another one “Pickles”, an LG Roboking, I declare that Dusty is a far superior device.
*Dusty is a she, not because she’s carrying out domestic duties, but because she’s freaking amazing! Pickles, our previous robot vacuum, now lives in the Garage. Pickles is a he, and he was pretty good when we first got him, but started to go a bit crap after a while.
“It is something that evolved many centuries ago to protect women and children in a world where they were much less secure than they are now. That’s why I would be very reluctant to change.”
And I might remind you, he’s talking about the times, centuries ago, when women and children were chattel to be bartered for (or bought), wives readily beaten for not obeying their husbands, and children were often forced to work in horrid conditions, sometimes as indentured servants.
I can promise you that no woman will be less secure by me marrying a man… no woman will even be involved in the union, so Tony, you’ve got nothing to worry about there my good chap. And I’m pretty sure if two women choose to marry then they’ll be as in love as any heterosexual couple and certainly won’t be going out of their way to make themselves less “secure”.
As far as children… as with all same-sex parented families, it’s a minuscule chance a child will come into them by accident. These children are most often planned for with their wellbeing and upbringing in mind. No same-sex family is the result of an “accident”. Those kids will be pretty secure, as long as you get out of the way and let them be them. Stop telling them there’s something wrong about their families.