God and Jesus are the most exploited and misrepresented identities in the history of life. And often it is those who claim to be faithful who do the exploiting and misrepresenting so they can honour themselves in the eyes of an abusive world. There is nothing more sinister in God's eyes than standing on his shoulders, or the shoulders of Jesus, to impress self-righteous and worldly eyes.
There is great irony in the fact that in the age of the influencer and in a global climate of outrage at abuse the only influencer we haven’t listened to, or taken seriously, is the most abused and violated identity of all. The only influencer who actually matters. God. Who better to know what life needs, than God. Or life itself, if you prefer.
Our world can be brutal to children. That sentence alone should be enough to make us have a long hard look at how we raise them and how we educate them. Not just in Australia. But everywhere. But despite the psychological carnage, school websites and the marketing information they release tells a different story to our children. Schools speak with flashy taglines. Children speak with anxiety, self-harm and suicide attempts. And we all know only one of the two voices I referred to here is of any substance.
What the world has done to our children is one of its greatest crimes. And education, instead of defending them is playing its role. Little silence, little grounding, little boundaries, little chance. This poem has sensitive themes - such as suicide, self-harm and reference to violence and drug use. It may be triggering for some.