The Sentient Adult.

From ; F. Scott-Fitzgerald. ”The Crack-up”

“ This is what I think now: that the natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. I think also that in an adult the desire to be finer in grain that you are, “a constant striving” (as those people say who gain their bread by saying it) only adds to this unhappiness in the end — that end that comes to our youth and hope.”

 

It doesn’t do to become too cynical at a young age, THAT is best left those who reach the “winter” of one’s life and can “cheerfully” find justification for cynicism alongside their other trophies of other disappointments in life. It is one of the privileges of living a long life where one can, with experience (no matter how twisted that experience is!) talk-up justification without a youngsters interruption for one’s opinion….it’s called “booorinnng!”

But I am hearing, especially in these rural areas where I live, an ironic twist of cynicism and naivety from the same mouths at the same time…like in these cases of parliamentary privileges rorting by certain ministers. Many in these rural areas, being “welded-on” LNP. Supporters, curled their lips in sneering cynicism when a Labor minister stepped down from his post for a $1600. Bill-pay done for him by a company..mumbles of “It’s what you’d expect” spat in disgust from those parched conservative lips…Even one of “their own” , the Speaker of the House in the Gillard years ; Mr. Slipper, was hounded from his position in disgrace for a cab-charge of ; circa $900. Dollars!

But THEN, when conservative  ministers (that’s plural !) are caught red-handed with their pilfering arms plunged elbow-deep into the proverbial “ministerial entitlements” cookie-jar, there is this eye blinking, ashen-faced  disbelief that “one of their own” could do such a thing, even when  one of their own is a fervent follower of that philosophy that believes in self-enrichment for the greater public  good. You have to wonder what the conservative public expects from the people they voted for…: Mother Theresa in a banker’s suit?

But I would offer a bigger fish to fry.

In my trade of building, one learns from bitter experience (hopefully from others!) that certain types of soil can only support certain types of buildings without an injection of significant amounts of money! For Instance, the extremes of expansion and contraction of “Bay of Biscay” soils of the Adelaide plains made for the invention and development of “brick-veneer” construction after those earlier houses of solid-brick developed cracks in the walls you could drive a Mack Truck through! One lives and learns..the same could be said ( metaphorically) for people..; only a certain quality of judgement can be expected or “built on” of a certain type of personality.

Which brings us straight to politics!

This cynicism about the intentions of politicians from BOTH sides of the House, creates an unfair imbalance between two opposing philosophies. The Conservative philosophy could , in fair comment, be considered both hypocritical and cynical in its twisted ideology of providing through Bills and Legislation passed through the House when it has power, of providing largesse and speculative opportunity for the Capitalist ideal and then laying claim to being the best friend to those in need of community support for the social welfare demographic…a contradiction in terms of intention and action, surely?

But to sneer cynically at the attempts by Labor when in power to swing the public purse from Right to Left principles of governance, against extreme prejudice of conservative media broadsides that concentrate their fire to “expose” and to “ridicule” and to “ demoralise” those attempts by the Labor party to bring about social equality by incremental shifts so as not to “scare the horses” of public opinion, has to be in itself a most disgusting exercise of political cynicism bordering on sedition and in some cases of outright sabotage of vital communications infrastructure that benefits a foreign Media baron, could be classed as outright treason against the people AND the State. And then to use the Parliament to undo vital programs that give real benefit to the majority of citizens both young and aged has to be the lowest act of cynicism by the conservative parties.

So when I hear those snorts of: “They’re both (parties) as bad as each other.” I have to wince in despair, because there has to be a time when the “sentient adult” in all of us has to stop for a moment..think about it a moment..and then realise that there IS a vast difference in both the political goals, the background lives and the policy aspirations to benefit whom and how many citizens of this nation between the two parties.  It is clearly defined by the scale of outrage against the amounts of rorting and the number of failed and dismissed ministers and members of the LNP as against Labor in these accusations..

Let’s get THAT straight.

There is a VAST difference between the arrogance of expected entitlements, the length and scale of rorting and the lenience of punishment against the scale of the crime that marks the Conservative Parties as the one most deserving of the public’s  cynical “curl of lip”.

 

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