1.Another beautiful day! Steve Maxwell spoke about:
– The coming census on August 9th.
– The history of the American civil war. He spoke about the cause of the war and why even today America still talks about it. Its glorification continues because there has not been a proper analysis.
– Australia should create more states, to alleviate rural disadvantage.
Now there’s a thought. How about something like this? (Click to enlarge.)
2. Ray spoke about God and Tony spoke about . . . . (we don’t know, but he spoke).
As some of you know, Ray speaks near the kiosk to ensure he has a ready-made audience. He receives a mixed response: some people have congratulated him, and even given him a soft drink. Others have asked him to begone, or berated hm for expressing his Christian view.
3. Both Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull were happy with the Federal election results. Even though it was evident on election night that Labor would not win the election, Bill Shorten was happy. He cheered, ‘Labor is back!’ and everyone in the room cheered and clapped with him. Malcolm Turnbull was happy too, because he looked like winning the election. Everyone was happy. Lovely. That’s how elections should be run!
Bill Shorten’s refusal to take the fraudulent ‘Medicare’ tweets seriously was also discussed. Even though the tweets may have affected voters’ decisions, and fraudulently misrepresented a government department, happy Bill Shorten was not interested in supporting a police investigation. We assume he is so happy with the election result that he can’t think clearly. His euphoria has got the better of him.
4. Here is another happy reminder regarding our federal election.
5. Both Peter the Heckler and Helmut displaced Mr B for a time. All three men were in good form, and all three men were filmed. There was more than two hours of superb footage, and you were to be treated to video excerpts of their brilliance.
Try to imagine how pleased this scribe was to discover that his video camera didn’t record the sound. The speakers look earnest, and their mouths open and close in silence as they speak. They look like passionate goldfish.
Mind you, Helmut never sounded so good.
6. Other subjects discussed on the day.
– When we interview a prospective flatmate we try to choose carefully, and we make our decision based on our values and their values. Should we also choose our immigrants carefully? Should we ensure their values are in line with our own?
– Why are women so disinterested in so many things? Men seem to outnumber women in so many clubs and activities. Are the reasons solely historical? Or due to male bullying? Another reason was put forward.
– Helmut had claimed that light is infinite and it has always existed. He also claimed that when light collides it produces matter. So the question was asked: if there is infinite light, which has been existing for infinite time, that means light has been infinitely colliding, so why isn’t there infinite matter?
Helmut provided a vibrant response.
– Mr B tried to put his audience into the shoes of anti-abortionists and opponents of gay marriage, so that his audience would get a sense of what it’s like to have their strongest values violated daily. It wasn’t a discussion about the merits of those views, but an exercise in empathy.
– We spoke about the merit of affirmations.
– The questions were asked, ‘Can God create a rock so heavy that even He can’t lift it?’ and ‘Would an all-powerful God be able to kill Himself?’
The questions are effectively the same. Everyone ignored Mr B’s perfect, succinct and clever answer, and instead argued the point among themselves. It was the 2,546th time Mr B has lost control of a meeting.
7. Paradigms were also discussed. Paradigms are beliefs held by society, and they are strong and pervasive. We cling to them to help us make sense of the world, even if those beliefs don’t actually make sense. They give structure to our lives, and stability; we know what to expect and what is expected of us. Paradigms feel comfortable, even if they’re disabling, and they will persist until clear thinkers can make an impact.
Paradigms of the past:
– Women shouldn’t vote
– a woman’s place is in the home
– real men don’t cry
– single pregnant women should be abandoned
– homosexuals should be reviled
– black skin is inferior to white skin
– good girls don’t do that.
Those beliefs were so ingrained in society they were barely questioned, and the few people who did question them were called troublemakers. We might look back at the people holding those beliefs and ask ‘What were they thinking?’ yet we are making the same mistake. We can’t see that we are subject to our own wacky paradigms, because we are ‘in them’. We are blind to them. In 100 years people will look back at us and ask the same question: ‘What were they thinking?’
What might our current paradigms be? Try these:
– New is better than second-hand.
– Wealthy people are to be respected.
– Incidents in life can make us stressed.
– It’s great to get something for free.
– No-one should be allowed to rip us off.
– Homosexuality is an aberration.
The statements above might seem true, but they’re not true. They just seem true, because they’re our current paradigms. One day our descendants will look back and shake their heads in disbelief.
8. Today we won’t even mention the fact that Speakers’ Corner has its own Facebook page. And, if you have no interest in reading past posts, don’t click here.