Rejoice, for I have slept through the night! Recently, a combination of our Offspring and my hacking cough have been waking me throughout the nights, and I’m definitely over it. But last night, I got almost six hours’ solid sleep. As a result, I felt like Superwoman and went out to pull weeds and plant seedlings this morning, and now, I’m about to bake a cake. Hooray, sleep!
I hope you all have an enjoyable Sunday, and that you get enough sleep.
I knew the answer to the question raised by the title of this article, before I read the article. It’s talking. They don’t. Not only is it tremendously sad that so many men are dying in this way, but at that age, imagine the people they leave behind. Many of them still have parents and siblings who are alive. They often have partners, children, friends, colleagues. We need to ensure communication between men and their partners, but there also needs to be more emphasis on men talking with each other. Programs like Men’s Sheds can help, but I suspect a wider cultural shift is also necessary. Our openness about emotions is better than it was, but many men still suffer in silence.
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Earlier in the week, Woolworths, one of the two major supermarket chains, got into trouble for using the ANZAC branding in its advertising. Specifically, they were trying to use their own marketing to link to the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. I’ve always found ANZAC Day to be sad, but I think more and more, I just find it a shame that we celebrate the myth of a glorified war, all while we still send people off to fight more of them. And in the end, how odd that one of the apparent defining moments of our nation is a failed invasion of another country.
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Given the number of recent shooting deaths we’ve heard about in the media, it’s surprising to hear that fatal gun violence is on the decrease (yes, even in the US!) What I thought was most interesting about this is the way in which Canada and New Zealand approach this. Looking at the gun violence issue as part of a symptom of many different social issues perhaps doesn’t provide as immediate an effect as, for example, a ban on certain types of guns, but long term, I believe it would work very well. The trouble is that in most of these countries when there is a mass shooting, the community wants an immediate response, and discussing disenfranchised youth and issues of culture shock is not what they want to hear.
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I’m really in two minds about this. We sometimes love animals to their detriment, and to the extent that we don’t always see that death can be a merciful end. And we are quick to grieve over pictures of dead giraffes or lions because these creatures are steeped in legend and we hold a romantic ideal of them. We’re less bothered about the millions of farm animals that live in terrible conditions, or the fact that we kill them everyday for food. So the fact that the woman in question killed an animal which was then eaten and whose parts were then used is not really so upsetting. I think what gets people upset is that she takes such happy pride in it. The taking of an animal’s life, so that you and your family or friends might have food, should not be entered into lightly. It certainly shouldn’t be a moment where you take a picture of your grinning self, next to your conquest. However, the abuse and hatred the woman is receiving is also not helpful. Could we please just all take a breath and talk about this calmly, like adults? Telling someone what an idiot she is is probably not going to endear her to your point of view.