Sustainable Development can only happen for societies when individuals can survive.
This time last year I believed it was impossible for me to survive well into this year in Australia.
I was wrong.
The key reason I have survived is kindness and intellectual engagement from some very decent people: Graeme, Justin, Eddy, Jarrod, Kelly and Shelly, the above words from John Wesley describe the best of the human spirit and I see this type of goodness again and again in you.
Meanwhile, Australia does not know how to relate to countries in the region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was born this day 67 yeats ago, has said, “There are some bored foreigners, with full stomachs, who have nothing better to do than point fingers at us…” and “No one is in the position to dictate to the Chinese people what should and should not be done.”
In so many ways, people have to try harder to understand each other to know what is happening.
But again and again people refuse to even talk with each other.
And then pretend that the refusal was “good manners” or a matter of “safety”