Oh for ordinary news

Oh for ordinary news:
who-killed-who-in-the-suburbs news
bank robberies and latest-cure news.

Not madmen making glib decisions
that kill the numberless just to support
their own pockets, their own egos.

We love our sons with ferocity
bandage their knees, nurture them
praise their prowess.

Perhaps we should praise them
when they don’t squash bugs.

Perhaps we should teach them to care
about bugs.

 

Anzac day. It should be about care and respect for returned service men and women. But lately it’s about rampant nationalism and war glorification. I could cope with this while there was peace but we have two world leaders shaking their nuclear fists at each other. Surely we need to think about our common humanity, not what divides us. And, imagine this, those two men were little boys once.

This photo was done recently, there had been a die-off of fish and at the two metre mark along the Murray’s banks were hundreds of dried fish. I don’t know why it is in this post, except it is about populations and violence, and time and peace.

6 thoughts on “Oh for ordinary news

  1. Heavy sigh. (here in the United States) I am so conflicted about how people are so casual about saying, “thank you for your service” when they discover someone was in the military, almost in a “by the way” way. It’s like a knee jerk reaction with very little feeling and no real interest in what that particular person did “over there.” I don’t want to disrespect service men and women, but mostly what I feel when I discover someone is or was in the service is a need to apologize, to weep and say I’m sorry that we taught them how to kill – and sent them out to do it. And I always wonder how we can get people to appreciate the service our diplomatic corps provides. The often difficult, frustrating, and noxious situations we thrust them into. Do we realize the value of their willingness to see good, their attempts to avert war, violence, oppression? What on earth can we expect but more violence and destruction when our top supposed negotiators talk about the end of “strategic patience.” I can only shake my head at how very little they substantially understand about the meaning and implementation of real patience.

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