There is only one way to succeed in a rapidly changing world and that is to walk positively and confidently towards every challenge while looking constantly for the light on the hill.
As a nation we are now doing the exact opposite, walking backwards into an ever expanding swamp of negativity.
If a Martian flew in today to make an objective study of Australia, she would become totally depressed with our aura of utter gloom. She would note on her computer chip that Australians were hostile to the entire notion of change, fighting relentlessly to restore the ever diminishing glories of past days.
The average Aussie would tell her that he sees as an horrendous threat to life itself such fearful things as the Republic, a new Flag, Same Sex Marriage, Indigenous Recognition, Climate Change, Refugees, Foreign Investors, Muslims, Socialists, Ageing, Carbon Tax, Nuclear Power, Asset Sales, Trade Agreements and Coal Mines while ignoring the fact that the rest of the world sees them all as quite normal.
They will tell her that the only possible solution is to do what the politicians warn them to do, circle the wagons, get out the guns and fire at will.
Sadly, the world passes us by, noting that its probably not worth the effort to even try to trade with such an isolationist, head in the sand, nation.
So, how do we move out of the dark realm of the political negative and advance into the pleasant world of the positive where prosperity and quality of life are likely be found in abundance.
Firstly, parliaments, politicians and bureaucrats must experience a massive attitude change from the culture of spreading fear and fostering confrontation as a desperate means of retaining, or gaining, power.
They must recognise that the days of rampant capitalism, suffocating socialism and fundamentalist religion are slowly fading away and are being replaced by a mind expanding world of technology which we must master, not fear.
Australian must change to become an enlightened society, not a ramshackle economy heading south.
But, we can’t put all the blame on the pollies. Each and every one of us must stop blaming our woes on everyone else and acknowledge that, whatever state our lives are in, it is largely our own fault. We had better fix it ourselves instead of waiting for governments to save us, an event that will never happen.
Above all, we must depart from the dark realm of the nay-sayers and reach for the stars.
Even if we crash mightily in doing so, we will have lived well and encouraged others to follow the tracks we have left in the sand.
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