Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Christmas sex scandal …

Satire: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission

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  1. Rob Halton

    December 24, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Despite all the misgivings and hiccups during 2018 let us move on and Merry Christmas and a Happy Morrison New Year to all.

  2. Claire Gilmour

    December 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Ha ha ha, love it, great cartoon – couldn’t have said ‘sex sells’ better myself – oh, that’s right, I did !

    Once upon a manger … sex, well the idea of unsex, sold 2,000 years of compliance … to some …

    Then we got the Santa Claus with kids sitting on his knee …

    Now Christmas means what?

    Heavens! It’s a whole stack of money and Christian men who can’t breed with kids on their knees … !

  3. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    This is not particularly an example of ‘human nature’ as such.

    This is also an end product of 50-70 years of deregulating the social system in favour of private interests and unrestrained personal egoism. It is an indicator of just how damaged, destabilised and desecuritied our social infrastructure, governance and self-governance have become.

    All it seems to be good at is producing pherals, phonies and porney phornicators … who cannot do even the minimum to control themselves, even in the service of the basic sense of self and career preservation.

    This cartoon portrays a mass population of people which has been taught from the moment it understood what it was being told, that temptation and giving into it is the purpose of all good consumers, whatever their tastes and fantasies are.

    Liberty becomes disinhibition. Rights become consumer entitlements-on-demand. We eschew repressive and authoritarian boundaries. Rules are made to be broken because this is regarded as culturally daring, cutting edge and cutting slack, until the dreadful day we find there are no boundaries or rules or slack to be cut .. all the edges are unstable and people who talk about honest virtue are either hypocrites and/or figures of mockery.

    Indulgence capitalism has colonised the best of us, corroded it and then turned it to mush in the service of pleasures and satisfactions that we just have to have, because life is short and we owe it to ourselves now, regardless of possible later consequences.

    Human nature can be socialised by good governance so that we favour the best and most consequentially farsighted of ourselves, and try to reduce the worst. It doesn’t mean we all meet the standards of the better as often as we should, because we all have ankles of clay. But if we share a common commitment to it, it prevails more often than it otherwise would do if we left it to ‘anything goes’ and anything does.

    We have suffered indulgent deregulated laissez-faire misgovernance in both social and economic communities for too long and it is time we stopped doing it. We should not tolerate it in ourselves or in others. We need to stop indulging adolescent exceptionalism and excuse making. We need to rebuild boundaries and rule books and resuscitate what is left of ours social infrastructure, in the same way, and for the same reasons that we will have to do with our biosphere, if we are ever to steward anything even vaguely sustainable at any level, in any enterprise.

    • Tim Thorne

      December 21, 2018 at 11:41 am

      “We need” to decide who it is that decides what “we need” and what structures are built (and by whom) so as to allow this decision.

    • Alan Mason

      December 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      As usual you’re using far too many words to be taken seriously CEN.

      Far better to just take Leunig at face value.

      Merry Christmas.

      • Kate

        December 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        I am of the opinion that the term you are after is verbosity. CE-N is somewhat of a symptom!

  4. Ted Mead

    December 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Leunig nails human nature with this timely satire!

    It has been suggested that I forward this on to Sarah Courtney, but quite frankly what she does with her personal life fails to interest me.

    What concerns me is her recent solicitation to the forest industry now that she is the Minister for Resources, a position which will require her to sell us, and our high conservation forests, down the drain as a means of retaining her slippery cabinet position.

    Her recent press release regarding Labor’s plan to protect the environment somewhat merely attests to her political ambitions over what she purports on her Liberal website.

    Will she turn out to be another Liberal loser? Everything indicates this so far!

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