Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s  soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing – Socrates

11 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Willdwan says:

    I’ve been enjoying this year’s big film, ‘Interstellar.” ( DVD out now) It’s central theme deals with the underlying philosophies of the culture wars, ideas that get quite an airing here. The defeatism that pervades the sustainability meme verses the desperate optimism of those who believe in human progress. Sustainability is represented by a sickly-sweet teacher and a broken old man. Some quotes…

    “When I was young it seemed there was a new gadget or invention every week. Six billion people and we all wanted a piece of it.”

    “I believe it ( the moon mission) was a brilliant piece of propaganda, that the Soviets bankrupted themselves pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines.”

    “We were explorers, pioneers.”
    “Mankind was born on earth, it was never meant to die here.”

    “We’ve always defined ourselves by our ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. The moments when we dare to aim higher, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten we’re still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest achievements cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”

    “We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars, now we look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”

    Great images and effects, mind-bending ideas, high emotion and quite a lot of humour from the cool robots TARS and CASE. Ha, even a scientist named Dr Mann, who lies about the temperature of a planet. Has even Hollywood abandoned the liberal left?

    Anyway, it’s a terrific film, one I can strongly recommend.


  2. Andrei says:

    Asking the important quetions

    Here’s some interesting research posted for Tracey’s amusement


  3. Ray says:

    Loved the robots also Willdwan.

    The defeatism that pervades the sustainability meme verses the desperate optimism of those who believe in human progress. Sustainability is represented by a sickly-sweet teacher and a broken old man.

    The defeatist sentiment crops up here regularly, and the two characters you mention are instantly recognisable also.


  4. Andrei says:

    Is the blog

    stripping HTML from comments?

    This is a test


  5. Andrei says:

    No it in’t it must be because i”m tired


  6. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – if you’re referring to the link in your first comment this morning not working, I haven’t changed anything.


  7. Andrei says:

    I was refererring to that – not to worry, it was a story about an unbelievably banal piece of research best we drop that line of conversation anyway

    Long night bed at five up at seven, fun day but I’m not sleepy or too tired to be sleepy or something

    Pascha to me is like Chrismas to you I suppose


  8. TraceyS says:

    I would have read your link if it had worked, Andrei, but never mind. Anyway, I had no trouble keeping amused over the weekend – getting out and talking to people about their issues; some of which you would probably consider “banal” but important to people’s everyday lives nonetheless.

    That’s as enjoyable for me as is reading something academic. Actually it’s a very refreshing contrast; no matter how small others may regard the issues. Yes there are much bigger and more important issues in the world. There always has been and always will be. But for many their sphere of influence extends only to the matters on their front doorstep.

    There’s nothing wrong with empowering people at a local level. I’d never dare tell someone to forget their troubles because there is more and worse suffering going on overseas. I grew up with this message being drummed in and it is trite indeed. In many ways I now see that it was actually an excuse for things not being confronted, addressed, and righted at (and close to) home.

    Every day my life starts at home and as the immediate and close is dealt with my circle extends wider and wider. Sometimes it doesn’t get very wide at all but it generally does reach far enough to take in things environmental. But as my age increases I’ve noticed that circle inching wider and wider. Who knows whether it will get as wide as yours. That depends on how many things play out in life, and as you say, life is uncertain.

    But for now, ‘keeping home fires burning’ and looking after family and community on a daily basis is the priority. This has always been an important role, especially for women. When I think of my ancestors who had fought wars I know this is exactly what they would want me to do.


  9. Andrei says:

    You are always blowing your own trumpet Tracey.

    Less than twenty four hours ago I was speaking with a woman who has just married a man old enough to be her father with whom she does not even share a common language .

    Can you comprehend the desperation of someone who would do that?

    It makes me sick to the stomach to see such things and this woman is far from unique


  10. TraceyS says:

    No, Andrei, I just like my life and I’ve worked hard to be happy and satisfied. It’s not a crime you know.

    We hear a lot about what makes you miserable dear Andrei. What is it that makes you happy other than Russian music Youtube clips?

    Is it wrong to be happy meanwhile there is suffering? I do not think so. To be positive, happy, and empowered is to be strong and available to others.


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