• Socio-Political

    Is Kowtowing an Acceptable Practice in the Workplace?

    Kowtowing means to act in an overly subservient manner. In East Asian cultures it is the highest sign of reverence. But is kowtowing acceptable in workplaces in the western world, like Australia? Furthermore, what is happening when it occurs in the workplace? I commenced my public service career of 25 years in the 1980s. Back then all job promotions were seniority driven, not through merit. So, I believe I am credentialed to provide commentary on the topic. It was in such an environment that I learned early that everyone kowtowed to those more senior. This meant we had to be careful with our words. Also, our commentary, and views. If…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Cage dwellers

    I have just finished reading Glennon Doyle’s latest book Untamed. Ms Doyle likes to use metaphors in her writing. Her first example is about a cheetah that was born in a zoo. The cheetah did not know what it was like to live in the wild. The cheetah was a cage dweller and trained to perform at the zoo, for entertainment. But was the cheetah happy living in its cage? Ms Doyle goes on to use the metaphor to describe herself. At one time, she was also a cage dweller. She was caged by social conditioning and cultural expectations. The book has many powerful moments of truth about human behaviour.…

  • Socio-Political

    Patriarchy and ‘the awakening’

    Patriarchy is a set of belief systems, ideologies, and experiences that together create a worldview. They are tightly held in what I call the normative paradigm of patriarchy. It is a fixed worldview that cannot readily be changed. Those whose minds are regulated by the normative paradigm of patriarchy are responsible for the toxic relationships seen worldwide. That is, in the workplace, home, and community. The paradigm fans the flames for the exploitation of women. The normative paradigm of patriarchy The normative paradigm of patriarchy dates back to a patriarchal belief system in the first century, based on patria potestas.  In this social system power is held by the pater-familias.…

  • Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces and the awakening

    There is a lot of toxicity in the world. It is in our bodies, in the environment, the oceans, our lives. Wherever we live, we find it. We have become so used to living with toxicity we no longer see it. It has wafted into our lives in its varying forms and there it stays. Why have we let this happen? Because we do not recognise it. We do not slow down enough. We are too busy doing ‘things’ and making ‘things’ happen. When this happens we lose our centre. It is lost in a world of toxicity. Our world of toxicity is no more present than in the workplace.…

  • Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces

    The topic of toxic workplaces is in the news. It came about due to Brittany Higgins letting her voice speak. Letting her ‘voice speak’ may sound like an oxymoron and yes it is. We all have a voice, women have a voice, but there are many occasions when women do not speak. Why are women stuck in this time warp of ‘not speaking?’ Who is silencing their voices? It is because there is still a belief that women have a place and therefore she must be put in her place? Perhaps women do not speak up because of retaliation from someone more powerful. The imbalance of power is no more…

  • Socio-Political

    Aged care model of care

    Last Friday I wrote a story titled ‘some kind of wonderful’ that took away from the true message of my article. Today I want to remedy this with a stronger emphasis. The current service delivery model, delivered through residential aged care homes, is institutionalised care. The needs of older people are not adequately meet by this archaic model of care. On 31 October 2019 the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report was released. The following is taken directly from the Commission’s website. ‘The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its…

  • Socio-Political

    What were they drinking?

    If you watch television or listen to the radio, you will have heard about the Federal government’s home renovation stimulus scheme. Since it was announced there has been an outcry about the sensibilities regarding the scheme. Another way of saying sensibilities is ‘what were they drinking?’ That is, the politicians and public servants who concocted the scheme? This morning Senator Jacqui Lambie was interviewed on ABC Radio National by Hamish McDonald about the scheme. Jacqui who is known to ‘shoot from the hip’ said, ‘what the hell is in their cigars?’ The sub text here relates to the 2014 photograph of the then Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and Finance Minister, Mathias…

  • Health Matters,  Socio-Political

    Keep calm and wash your hands

    In the midst of what’s happening in our communities with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, should we panic? We are told there is no need to panic. Even though the virus is now declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic. Should we just keep calm and wash our hands? No, we need to do more! As a senior social observer my eyes and ears are attuned to advice from medical experts and the government. I am sure you are like me and want to protect yourself from the virus. Therefore, I was interested in the decisions of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held yesterday in Sydney in…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…

  • Socio-Political

    Is Australia heading for a recession?

    There are signs that Australian is heading for a recession.  Across the globe we are seeing economic and political turmoil. This week in New York the Wall Street Stock Exchange suffered its worst trading day in 2019. It has set tongues wagging that the United States is heading for a recession and if so, will Australia follow? Other signs of a recession are a slowing economy; falling house prices; unemployment figures rising; and international trade wars.   Currently in Australia there is a conversation happening about how hard it is for people to live on Newstart (a support allowance for people who are unemployed). If anyone is on Newstart they…