Alert readers will notice how this blog – this source of light and hope and deep melancholia, this free resource to aid aid workers and miracle workers everywhere, this catalogue of eruditions – has not really had much to say the last two months. This happens when I am back in the land of milk and honey and 24 flavours of dog food, latent xenophobia and trivia. I just don’t have much to say here. I am pretty much critical of everything. We are too lazy, too closed, too affluent, too absorbed with our own lives, too well fed and well entertained, and I am critical of all that, but there is only so long you can go on saying such in a blog like this.
So sorry to say it, but until such a time as we head back overseas, don’t expect too much from me here. I have, you may note, reverted the front page to my standard ‘in Australia’ front page. Please check in from time to time. I have really valued the comments, the company and the solidarity of many aidworkers and interested peoples from all over the world, that this blog has generated. Thankyou. I am humbled by your interest and your support. Keep reading some good blogs that wrestle with the world:
http://bloodandmilk.org/ – Alanna – another aidworker.
http://vasco-pyjama.livejournal.com/ – Pyjama Samsara – another Aussie returned to this soft place, but still in aid.
http://mustafaqadri.net/wp/ – journo and traveller and thinker.
http://harryrud.wordpress.com/ – aid fella in Afghanistan
http://www.sojo.net/ – Sojourners – Christians for justice and peace. people close to what I think Jesus really was on about. Forget church and holy piousness, get serious about justice.
Final thought, courtesy of Cam Tero, at a time when every fashionable website sported a little, ‘Make Poverty History’ ribbon. Cam’s view was that to really make a change in the world in line with global consumption and resource depletion, was that we needed to make affluence history. I think he is right. And you know, it relatively easy to campaign for the end to third world debt etc – all good stuff. But how about denying yourself that new TV/ set of clothes/ car/ holiday/ airconditioner etc etc. As the Buddha says, there are two ways to have enough: acquire more, or desire less.