The Copenhagen Calamari Ring, Dr. Patricia Brennan and a challenge.

These two pods illustrate the full spectrum of the wonky thinking issue as I perceive it. The first pod talks to the issue of combating climate change, and the second reveals how much further we have to go to deal with wonky thinking between the sexes!  If we cannot overcome the latter how will we ever overcome the thinking that got us to the point where we (now) have to deal with the former.

Emissions trading?  Carbon tax?  Yes?  No?  Ok, so tax it post-production? Or, no, tax it pre-consumption?  What? Or do nothing as climate distruption/change is just a geological time issue?  How pragmatic should we be?  Be penalised as an early adopter?

This 25 minute exposé by Geoff Carmody is very good for illuminating the complexity of the situation without getting into the nitty gritty.

So this is at the far end of the wonky thinking spectrum – where we are starting to understand the complexity of the action required to even attempt to mitigate climate change.

Please have a listen to this Dr. Patricia Brennan interview.

Brave, clever, decisive and not sounding strident at all. I cannot recommend this 55 minute interview with Dr. Patricia Brennan more highly.  This has a double recommendation.  She died recently in March.  The interview was recorded just before christmas last year.

She founded the Movement for the Ordination of Women in Australia and has been at the forefront of raising consciousness in many areas.  And this interview is a great exposé of some wonky thinking.  How unfortunate, and disappointing, are dogma and institutionalised thinking. Interestingly, she is quite scathing about the behaviour of some women, revealing that they, too, were part of the problem.  There is also humour with talk of men, dressed as women, in the pulpit . . . but also she takes her lack of political savvy on the chin.

She reveals how far we have come, but how much farther we have to go. And it strikes at the sexism at the very heart of our thinking.

The Challenge

Martin Luther King wrote a long letter when he left Birmingham Jail in 1963.  There is a sentence in that letter which is called the When? sentence.  It goes as follows:

“But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.”

Maybe it is time for women to plagiarise this sentence to illuminate their injustices?



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