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Ted Szukalski

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Against all odds


Here is a photograph I’ve taken sometime ago and than forgot all about it. A small plant growing on a shady side of an abandoned concrete bunker at Shepherds Hill Defence Group, Newcastle. I thought there was quite an interesting aspect to this scene, as the environmental restrictions here are obviously men made. The bunker bars almost symbolic reminiscence of an era when some men forgot this planet is for all of us humans and not for artificial ideals men devised to distinguish themselves from each other or dominate over others. It was a time of various “isms” trying to suppress humanism, and despite the size of propaganda, lies, wars and twisting of history the humanism prevailed and survived, like this little plant here.

Reading papers now-days we can see new “isms” increasingly appearing in daily news. We are seeing political correctness reaching absurd levels. We are seeing politicians in democratic countries introducing laws to suit their own convictions, rather than those of the public, who voted them in and expecting it is its will that should be represented. We are seeing continuous abuse of human freedoms on global scale, sometimes by states, sometimes by believe systems and increasingly even by corporations. Censorship is thriving, often induced by dollar value of an abusive trading partners, or by mobs of intolerant people, or simply by the litigious nature of modern society both privately and on corporate level.

I can only hope, there is some hidden will or value system within people that will make them withstand this wave of “isms” to keep advancing the humanity.

I apologise for this more serious post, but it is something that bothers me a lot lately. It seems that people in their “Goody Two-Shoes” frame of mind are forgetting very quickly what the “isms” led to in last 100 years.

Freedom, fear and fanatics


As I read this young man’s arrogant slogan on his T-shirt, I recalled a sentence I have read earlier today on BBC news: “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted”. These words came from a Dutch politician who is facing trail for speaking his mind out on the issue of the social fabric change in his own country.

I wonder, how many Australians realise we do not have a legal right to freedom of speech. Even more so, how many Australians realise how sanitised our news is – courtesy of political correctness. The vocal minorities have enormous influence over what is said, just because they are vocal or fanatical about their views. These minority groups know very well how to work media or against media to their best advantage.

Someone once told me to be more direct on this blog. Yet, the same person does not use his name to sign his own articles.

So, who can afford to “f!#k fear”? Do you sign your name when posting comments on the Internet websites? Do you feel you can express any view on any subject openly without the fear of prosecution and repercussions?

Lovely weather we are having.