Hello, you path: ethic people!
This week, it’s all about Australia, for some reason. Hope you enjoy the links–meanwhile, on the south coast of Western Australia, it’s CHILLY and we’re eating pumpkin scones straight out of the oven, with butter on them. YUM.
Enjoy your weekend!
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One of the issues about gun control and people’s safety is the appropriateness of force. D’Angelo may have been concerned about his property or even his own safety, and in his panic, he pointed it out the window at the intruder, and the gun went off, killing the intruder. I believe the fact that D’Angelo was sentenced to prison time is as much as a message about penance for the death of a person, as it is about acceptance of gun responsibility and vigilantism. Had D’Angelo not been so inebriated at the time, perhaps the outcome might have been different, but I feel as though the judge’s words, ‘No reasonable person should ever point a gun at another person and pull the trigger,’ are a statement about what we are willing to accept in our society about gun safety and avoidable gun deaths.
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While I appreciate that our government doesn’t want to put medical personnel in danger of contracting ebola, I’m not alone in my concern that if we don’t stem the flow at the source, we might have many more cases in many more countries, including our own. I couldn’t help feeling that there was some irony that in the same week our government refuses to send medics to Africa due to their safety, other Australians are being sent to the Middle East to bomb IS targets, therefore putting their lives in danger. I realise that dangerous situations are something our armed forces must expect in their line of work, yet I feel as if our refusal to help in West Africa is yet another example of Australia shirking its global responsibilites.
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After a gameshow on Channel Ten, one of our commercial stations, asked contestants to list ‘a woman’s job’, there was outrage that even in today’s world, there are still those who think that occupations should be defined by one’s gender. The show’s producer’s apologised, but not before there was widespread ridicule on social media. I found this article particularly amusing. However, as the show takes the answers it uses from surveys of the Australian public, it demonstrates that it’s not just sexism on the TV game show, rather it is a more common problem in our society at large.
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Lastly, an uplifting story about the way that sport can bring cultures together. I know some might argue that this smacks of colonialism, but I don’t think so. Ensuring that indigenous children and young people have a future where they have choice about where they want to live and what work they would like to do, relies upon a stable, consistent education. It is inspiring to see how the players and the local people have worked together to create an environment where the children want to be, and where their culture is respected.