Sunday, July 23, 2017

Acknowledgement to Western civilisation

All manner of meetings and openings these days seem to come with an acknowledgement to traditional "owners" or "custodians" of the land upon which the meeting is to be held.
A typical acknowledgement might read something like this:

 I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land on which we meet today. I would also like to pay my respects to Elders past and present. 

All well and good. While the acknowledgement pays respect to the nation's first inhabitants it fails to pay respect to our collective human history and the roots of our civilisation, without which there would be no civil society to give rise to the meeting in the first place. With this and the concept of inclusion in mind, in future, before a meeting commences I will read out the following:

I acknowledge and pay respect to the actions, sacrifice, wisdom, traditions and curiosity of our ancestors. Their collective efforts over centuries helped evolve our western civilisation, giving birth to the liberal society that makes this meeting possible.

Many variations on this theme are possible and an Acknowledgement to Western civilisation could be modified to suit any meeting or situation. 

Please add you own version if you so desire.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Don't mention the I word

Only the ABC could post a  "major" report on religion and violence against women, the result of a 12 month "investigation", and fail to include Islam in the mix. One is left with the impression that ABC's "investigative" reporters actually believe the tripe spouted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied when she described Islam as the most feminist religion on Q and A this year? What a joke, that comes as usual at the tax payers expense.

ABC-don't mention the I word