I am a deeply patriotic and chest bursting proud Australian. Yet I am a minimalist republican. What does this mean? It means I love Australia and embrace its heritage, good and bad, acknowledge our faults, and see a bright future. I am grateful for the British aristocracy and the Westminster system endowed upon us as the most stable and prosperous political system the world over. British traditions have set this country up for success, which we have built upon in our own unique way. I support a gradual, long term and strategic transition toward full political independence with as little political change as possible. Because overall the system works well and Australia is an incredibly successful country. One should closely examine the case for change, and only change what is absolutely required, when the opportunity arises. I also believe in a positive forward looking and vision inspired transition. Respect our history and look to the future.
Why is Self-Awareness important? As 2016 roars in to life I thought I would start with an inspiring reflection.
THEN said a rich man, Speak to us of Giving. And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over-prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself? Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?