This piece is not so much about ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but about the truth of what has taken place beyond sides and proposals.Beyond the referendum itself there is much to learn about where Australia is at socially, culturally and politically.
He has always been speaking for himself - since the beginning of time. Our first lesson, when God handed over to us the keys to his life, was this – ‘Do not bite into the worldly knowledge that will be offered to you by the worldly princes. Should you do that, I will suffer.’
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.