Australia: definitive proof that someone out there understands
This most recent time in Australia we have been having some issues with the nature of society and social norms.
We have been saddened by the ease with which social issues are ignored or stymied with insurmountable apathy, and sexism, racism and homophobia are dismissed as jokes (is there any more debilitating assault on equality and respect than these passive-aggressive asides?).
Australia is the lucky country. Nothing could be wrong here. We have everything. So no one looks for more. And when you mention that perhaps there could be a better way forward, one more inclusive, for example, you don’t get yelled at for challenging things, the conversation just kind of fizzles out. We don’t address ills, we don’t even acknowledge that people could do so, because I think we are all afraid that we might notice the ills if we were to do so.
After finding very few Australians who see this, we were starting to think we were taking crazy pills. Then last night I found a cartoon by an Australian social-commentator-type and satirical cartoonist who does a lot of work for the more highbrow newspaper, Leunig. He nails it right on the head.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Australia is fantastic. I just wish there was an avenue for dialogue about how to address challenges that arise with the passing of time, or about how we could make it even better!