Is special connectedness the most important thing in life?

The views of the retired chief justice of the High Court of Australia

I wrote a blog entitled “Are we lacking connectedness?” and in it drew attention to what I see as being the significant changes in life values, standards and habits between members of contemporary culture and those of a century ago. Readers who have reviewed this blog will have found that I placed emphasis on the need for enhanced tactility and intimacy between individuals, which was quite evident in the late nineteenth century. I touched on this same theme in another blog entitled “Deep connectedness between men in times of war“. It is my intention to add more slide attachments to the ‘Are we lacking connectedness’ blog, as there is new material I have found that I feel needs to be brought forward for reader benefit. This includes rare articles I have discovered relating as to why intimate relationships flourish in jails.

The extract below is quoted for a particular reason. The former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (Justice Kirby) delivered a speech to his colleagues at a reunion in 2007. I feel that the underlying message he conveyed at the time is especially significant for what I feel is uneasiness today. I see his words as not only reinforcing my opinions in the lacking of connectedness I cite above, but they are also relevant because they were delivered before a group of judges, arguably the cream of society. They were not laypersons. Justice Kirby stressed the idea of the importance of life-long special bonding between all people, a type of bonding that transcends the elite nature of the profession of those present.  He also talks about family life being more important than anything else in life, including love. I urge you to read the short extract as I feel confident it is likely to encourage you to look at your own life values, hopes and expectations. It did so for me.

THE AUSTRALIAN CLUB KIRBY 12apr14.pdf

What is inspiration?

Is inspiration something far bigger than ourselves?

I have often thought about the word inspiration. As many of my readers would probably be aware I place a great deal of emphasis of the role I see both personal and cosmic awareness have in our lives. Up to this point I have not considered where the word inspire may fit into this idea of mine.

My dictionary tells me the word inspiration means “…a person or thing that inspires, or a clever or timely idea.” Somehow I feel such words tend to trivialize the profound nature of what the word inspiration was probably originally intended to mean. I’ve drawn this conclusion having read one of my favorite authors; Benjamin Walker. I can strongly identify with Walkers words. It is possible my readers may similarly enjoy the manner in which Walker set out to determine his views about what the word inspiration should be. I believe Albert Einstein would probably agree with him.

Inspiration from book.pdf

The Equality of the Two Sexes

The equality of the sexes debate did not commence by accident

I introduce a story about the life and times of the eminent French philosopher and author Francois Poullain de la Barre. I feel it is not likely many of my readers have heard of this great figure in French history but those who have been actively involved in women’s studies at tertiary level probably have. I understand the feminist movement considers this author to be amongst the most important figures in their long struggle to obtain equality with men. Poullain wrote his original thesis in 1673. I do not pretend to understand the history of the women’s movement. The little I know  has been principally derived from television programmes I have watched from time to time.. The translators from the original text are A. Daniel Frankforter and Paul J Morman.

Pollain’s ideas are that men and women do not differ intellectually, and sexual inequality has no basis in nature. He believes that female inferiority came from social inertia and historical conditioning, and that women are intellectually and physically capable of serving as heads of state, clergy, military officers and college professors. Pollain says women were relegated to an inferior role at some early point in human history, and have acquired habits from that period which have developed into permanent institutions such as those that exist today. In other words the historical acceptance of women being inferior to men has been perpetuated by society and in doing so has transformed the historical secondary role of women into self-fulfilling prophecies. It appears, perhaps to a lesser degree these same words apply in 2014.

It seems that at the time Poullain was hoping to convey to his readers that they should programme (re-adjust) their thinking relating to women’s issues and by doing so help counter prejudices against women that he felt were rife at the time. I feel the contents of the blog remain relevant to the same gender debate today.

I have created two separate files for readers who are interested in this topic. The first one is a file that contains extracts from the original work that I feel are most relevant and the second one is the complete article itself.

Equality sexes extracts.pdf

The Equality of the Two Sexes.pdf