VICTORY FOR ALL

For the past ten years, my life has been focussed on trying to learn and share the lessons of World War Two.

This was a major theme of art displays I created at both a national heritage water source important to the memory of General Douglas MacArthur in Morotai, Indonesia, and also at Barak Obama’s first school in Jakarta.

During this decade, the people I have conversed with on matters relevant to this endeavour included Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Turnbull of Australia and Presidents Jokowi and Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

This morning, the people who inspire me the most by showing the spirit of WW2 are the Sons Of The West (people from the Western Bulldogs football club) who are headquartered down the road from my place.

As I understand it, this season, Coach Luke Beveridge has shared the work load of playing among a large number of players. This is a strategy which will keep the team fresh for the finals.

This reminds me of the spirit and wisdom of General Douglas MacArthur.

The simple piece of word art above is for all sons and daughters of the west and of the whole world.

May we all learn from our past and work effectively together now and well into the future.

Geoff Fox, 5th August, 2021, Footscray, Australia

KARTINIISM # 1 Vulnerability In A Dark World

Sadly. so sadly, the softest women’s voices hide themselves in quieteness in this shouting world.

I was a midwife for 32 years. I cannot understand why mothering gentleness is so widely scorned.

Kartini knew that the tender love of mothers is the heart of our world.

Geoff Fox, Hari Kartini, 2021, Terra Nullius

The Fundamentals #9 Managing Our Times

Amanda Woods of San Diego is young and smart.

I am older. But I learn from and with her.

Martin Luther King Jr, born on this date in 1929 taught that “…… the wealth of cultural and technological progress in America is a result of the commonwealth of inpouring contributions.”

This human commonwealth exists across races, times and places.

When it is shared in freedom and justice, it can grow.

When it become tyrannous, it dies.

Geoff Fox, 16th January, 2021, Terra Nullius

Literary Tujuhbelasan #12 The Children

The Indonesian text here is an edited version of a quote from a Rumi inspired passage in the book “Mamonisme” by Maman A Majid Binfas of Jakarta. It means “Give a home to their bodies but not to their souls. Their souls reside in the future.”

My English lines are inspired by an American equivalent of Rumi, country singer Paul Siebel.

Lest we forget: children can unite us.

Without them our world dies.

Geoff Fox 31st December 2020 Down Under

Antique Ideas #2 Arma Virumque – Lacrimae Rerum

This transcreation of parts of the first 462 lines of Vergil’s Aeneid is a holiday season gift to a wise friend with a deep feeling for the value of ancient knowledge.

In creating this I note that male suffering did not begin with the cruelties of the modern world.

Geoff Fox, 20 December, 2020, Terra Nullius