You young folk are the leaders of the future. How many of you feel equipped to lead? I don’t mean how many of you have your heads crammed full of ideas of what should be. I mean, how many of you are willing to struggle and suffer defeat and ridicule in the cause of striving for what you think this nation needs?
Those of you who are focused enough to be reading this site rather than watching You-Tube or posting trivia on Facebook or Instagram, at least have some of the dedication needed to be leaders.
The nation is counting on you. There are so many issues that your young minds think are cut and dried and that all you have to do is to pass legislation and the things you desire will come into effect – action on Climate Change, for instance. What could be more simple, you think, than to cut our carbon emissions to zero by 2025? All we have to do is to outlaw the use and export of non-renewables, get in line with the rest of the developed world, and pressure third world countries to do the same.
According to the rule of loving one’s neighbour, we should allow third world countries a right to develop their industries as we have done, improve their standard of living. Non-renewable fuels are needed to play a part in this. Australia’s coal is the cleanest in the world. If we deprive them of it, we are indirectly responsible for sullying the world with dirty coal. And until Australia can successfully transition to renewables i.e. have enough of them to drive industry as needed, and to provide new jobs for those now in the non-renewable industries, our nation needs coal for its own use. It is all very well to be idealistic, but we must be realistic with it.
There are many complex issues to which there are no simple solutions. One example of an issue which is much debated at present is the issue of sexual consent. It is not solved by a simple “Yes” or No.” Too often women,- and men – have said “Yes” , or complied, then for one reason or another changed their minds after the fact and felt violated. Is it fair to then call “Rape?”
Any sexual congress with a girl before the “age of consent”, even if she consents, should be considered unlawful, but apart from that, consent is one issue on which there cannot be legislation. It is too complex. There can be, and is, a law against rape. A conviction of rape is the result of proof that the victim obviously gave no consent at any stage of the encounter. That law should stand. Where there is doubt, justice demands that the accused be declared innocent. That leaves the onus of responsibility on the potential victim. What the feminist lobby lately rails at as “victim blaming” is a just and common-sense approach which aims to prevent occurrences of sexual assault by encouraging people to stay away from “occasions of danger.”
The point I am trying to illustrate is that if someone is intent on committing a crime, the trivial obstacle of breaking a law will not stop him. All that will stop him is lack of opportunity. If you do not want your home robbed nowadays, you secure it against intruders. Fifty years ago that wasn’t the case. One could safely leave one’s home and car unlocked. But times and attitudes have changed. I blame the fact that modern children and youth have mobile phones and internet in place of parents to inculcate their values. You young people who have been bred wisely enough to take the time to read this site, perhaps you will be instrumental in changing this state of affairs for your offspring.
Attitudes must change. Parents are too absorbed with their own mobile phones and their work to change their attitudes. I am counting on you. Many of you seem to be inspired by the meaning of Anzac Day. It means sacrifice, dedication, noble valour, pride in the nation, and pride in one’s family, and in freedom – though with the awareness that with freedom should come responsibility.
Numbers of you two years ago or thereabouts marched to protest for government action on Climate Change. A lot of you are now old enough to stand for government yourselves, or at least to vote. If you still have the same enthusiasm you had when protesting, make your vote meaningful. Do not vote for a Party; vote for a candidate, one whose character and policies you respect. Vote across Party lines, or for an Independent whom you respect, or dare to stand as an Independent yourself. The fate of the world may depend on your decisions.
More than ever now Australia needs young leaders, and more than ever now we have too few of them. It is the result of a capitalist economy which valued material things above family and society. We most overturn that capitalist economy. A start would be to introduce a flexible thirty hour week and just wages for all. If you have read my earlier blogs you know what I am suggesting. That will give young couples the opportunity to have and rear children themselves, passing on solid values and moral standards. It is a late start, but better late than never. I hope there are enough of you to turn the tide.