Hi all, it’s been awhile and frankly I doubt anyone else comes here anymore. But frankly, that’s okay and that’s actually exactly the way we wanted it. Not that my co-author would see this but if anyone’s out there, it’d be nice for you to say hello. Or I could be just doing the digital version of talking to myself, throwing words out into the great void of cyberspace and be considered the cyber equivalent of delusional. But hey, who cares right?
So a quick summary of my thoughts on the world right now..
#HeForShe. I don’t doubt that there are areas in the world where women need to be accepted and given more freedoms. I’m still curious as to how, from my limited perspective, women in western nations suffer such things. I’ve always been a firm believer that work renumeration should be carried out on a meritocratic basis. If 1/14 ministers are men, perhaps it’s a numbers game or perhaps the men are just that much better.
I think people fail to recognise that the very idea of equality means not having a gender quota. That’s an artificial modifier that forces one to hire a surplus of male or female candidates from what the original pool would be; it’s a forced and thus unequal parameter. I fail to see how fighting for equality by instituting quotas in workplaces is anything short of hypocritical.
Similarly, I think women by and large are pretty free here to do as they please. Women aren’t restricted to having to shave their arms or wear a bra in public or anything like that. Much like how you reserve the right to not shave, we reserve the right to think it veers away from our taste sensibilities and think it disgusting. It goes both ways; an inordinately hairy man from the norm would be considered disgusting by the majority of women. Any problem with that?
ISIS. We found Osama but can’t find 50,000 odd fighters in the desert? The western allies have divisions of soldiers, more tanks than sand on the beach and entire carrier wings of aircraft with precision guided ordnance. Burn them from the face of the earth. They aren’t soldiers and shouldn’t be accorded that kind of rules of engagement respect. Kill them all.
Australian economy slowdown. I’ve been pressured in recent months upon graduation and job hunting to expedite the purchase of my first property. The more I read, the less confident I am of this upswing in the economy and correspondingly real estate prices. Perhaps a prudent move would be to roll the die and let the chips fall in 2 years time. After all, it’s only really then that I would feel anywhere near financially self confident to attend to a mortgage and the other myriad host of expenses one faces whilst living in one of the world’s most expensive cities.