The underlying message of the Lancet article is that if you want to understand aggressive behaviour in children look to the social and emotional environment in which they are growing up and the values they bring to the viewing experience.
The question is will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system or are we bold enough to see what’s actually happening to our culture?
One reason we resist making deliberate choices is that choice equals change and most of us feeling the world is unpredictable enough try to minimise the trauma of change in our personal lives.
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
I’m in total sympathy with Dick Smith’s sentiments I only wish there were grounds for saying we Australians would never tolerate such appalling treatment of refugees being carried out in our name.
A strangely reflective even melancholy day. Is that because unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?