Drawing the line, between good and bad, fair and unfair …

The list goes on. What is reasonable human behaviour? What should be banned or decriminalised, for example, recreational drug use? How much stonewalling should we tolerate from our politicians? What about so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws; how do we reconcile the sometimes competing desires of the secular community with those of faith?

Further, when we move this line, via legislation or decree, do we understand the consequences? Who are the winners and losers? What about false positives and false negatives?

How do we reconcile individual rights and freedom (of expression, of assembly, of faith, etc) and safety with the collective behaviour of organisations and groups? How does changing the taxation rate required of corporations affect individuals in that same country? Where does climate change and calls for government and corporations to act fit in this context? Why do we allow rich property developers to plunder our natural resources for profit and short term benefit? (Paradise lost … refer the Eagles … Last Resort song … a classic).

In any case, should we care? Maybe we just trust our law-makers to ‘do the right thing’? Do we trust our ‘motherland’ or those leaders elected in a democratic system to act honourably and to get this balance right? Sadly, I would suggest not. If we choose to take an interest in our future and value leaving our planet and our political systems in a good place for our grandchildren and successors, we need to both observe and act in the present.

In an era of climate change, artificial intelligence, wide spread corruption (in all countries), globalisation, attacks on press freedoms, changing geopolitics and increasingly finite resources for the human species to share, the time to participate in our respective political and organisational systems is now. Apathy, complacency and tolerating unaccountable individuals will not ‘get the job done’.

As a post-script to me posting this, for my Australian audience, please refer this article from the wonderful ABC journalist Laura Tingle. This article epitomises why we must care, else ‘Rome’ will continue to burn, or the metaphorical frog will slowly be boiled alive.


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