I'm an easily confused person, not all the time, but every so often there are things I simply don't get. Not that I'm a small-minded person who hasn't seen enough of the world to know what's going on, gosh no. But I think we can all agree that there is just some things in this world currently that are just a little be odd and confusing.
I'm not going to bore you with a discussion based entirely on the alterations of our National Flag and Anthem and the way the Government works as we can pretty much all agree on that. However, I have been thinking about a few things that I've seen around and heard about where it just made me stop and think - what's with that?
Take Work Safe, for instance, we've all got to wear helmets which sure, seems to be a legitimate reason - if they didn't make such a big deal about it so that people buy the helmets to wear on the occasion when Work Safe arrive on their farm, but the rest of the time it will be tied to the front of the four-wheeler.
Yet, it's shocking to know that our country is needing to employ people to clean up our roads because of all the people who throw rubbish out of their car windows. This might be the only job these people can get, it's sad that it needs to be done. What is worse, is driving past a stretch of about ten men over a few hundred metres, wearing helmets to pick up rubbish on SH1. Sure, I guess it's just a preventative measure, cars can flick stones, I understand it. Yet, how often do you see a person standing on the back of a moving rubbish collection truck wearing a helmet? Or perhaps the roadworkers who stand on the moving truck picking up cones from the road - those drivers aren't slow either. Have you ever seen them wearing a helmet? No, me neither.
Why should it be good enough for the goose, but not for the gander? Fate is fate and if something is going to happen, it will, but surely this is a dangerous job, just as dangerous as picking up rubbish on the side of a road, and riding an ATV? Thoughts?
On Sunday could you say we were lucky enough to see yet another snippet into the lives of the Gloriavale community? Possibly, but the entire concept is a bit here and there for me. In some aspects it looks as if it could be a good lifestlye to live in, in others, it seems really not that great. They say that their life is better than what we live in, they compare their lives to ours - although I do wonder how they make a comparison if they've never lived the the same way as us?
We try to look into the eyes of the people (as much as you can through the TV screen) and in many you don't see souls filled with joy like you'd expect. I guess they don't have the fear of having no work and having bills to pay - but then they also don't get freedom to do what they like and when they like.
Especially the women who are required to marry whoever asks them, and have as many children as he wants while having absolutely no say in anything at all. What struck me as awful was when one of the husband stated that if he decided that his wife was having issues during the pregnancy/birth, then he would decide if or when she needed outside help.
Moreover the thing that really baffled me was when an elderly member passed away, during the funeral session another leader stated something along the lines of, "A new body will rise from this grave!" I think that comment overwrites all of what I understand of them, forgive me if I've misunderstood, but to me this seems like some form of reincarnation statement, which they do not believe in - so where did it come from?
Finally I quickly want to touch on the dentist V. lion story. It's horrible to think that such a beautiful creature could be killed by somebody so small in retrospect. It's highly controversial, but you have to think about it in two ways. Way back when, these animals were killed without a thought, but they were killed for a purpose just like a cow, pig or deer is now. But I also like to think of the other side of the coin, where why is it good enough for us to kill a possum or a rabbit for fun, but bigger things like this shouldn't really be any different. I agree that in a situation like this, where there aren't many of some species left, it isn't right at all and killing pests is OK. But why should one animals' life be put higher up than another? Just another thought.
I'd like to hear your remarks!