Sustainable Development #13 For a Free Country: Love Has No Fear -But Rejoices In The Truth

Attention Scomo:

Happy Birthday.

This blogpost is a birthday present for you.

In your maiden speech in the House Of Representatives you defined the nation which you now lead as “a free country.”

That freedom is now threatened from more than one direction.

The last time the world faced an economy in more trouble than we are in now, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this to his nation: “……. the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Roosevelt said this in an inaugural soeech in which he took the oath of office with his hand on the Bible open to the 13 verse chapter 1 Corintinans 13.

Among other things, this chapter says that love “rejoices in the truth” and “has no fear; it does not worry”.

The pestilence of Coronavirus is real. People are very scared.

But if the world hides from this danger too long, the cure will produce an economic catastrophe worse than the disease. Suicides. Starvation. Monumental stress, likely to lead, if uncontrolled, to violence, muder and even war.

It just isnt given to us mortal human beings on this beautiful planet to always have the perfect safety we crave.

Any promise of perfect safety is an illusion.

I prefer truth.

Thats what I love.

May God Bless you, Prime Minister, in the very challenging task of keeping people as safe as possible and keeping alive the economy which all those people need.

I pray they have the courage to help you convert retreat into advance.

Geoff Fox, 13th May, 2020

Sustainable Development #9 Waltzing Matilda in Indonesian

This version of Waltzing Matilda is sung as best I can in Indonesian language. I hope a better singer will take it up. Click here for an instrumental version.

We must understand the problem of suicide to solve it and stop losing those lives. The Australian nation embraces this song about suicide in poverty. Why?

GLOSSARY

BILLABONG a small pond which used to be part of a river

BILLY a tin can for boiling water

COOLIBAH a type of outback tree

JUMBUCK a sheep

MATILDA the swag (see swagman below)

SQUATTER someone who gained possession of land by occupying it; they were rich men by the late 1800;s when the song was written.

SWAGMAN hobo, itinerant worker who carried all he owned rolled up in a swag on his back.

TUCKER food

WALTZING to travel on foot

Geoff Fox 22nd March, 2020, Terra Nullius.