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I am retired from the Uni. of Queensland, and have numerous interests inside and outside of the uni. I play classical, bluegrass, country and folk guitar (hows that for a mix?) I am a member of the Australian Labor Party and am currently branch secretary of the Mt Coot-tha branch. I'm also involved in developing virtual reality builds and websites. Never bored!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


We humans have a bit of a quandary. On the one hand we would like strong leaders who will inspire us, and will move us to greater things. On the other, we want to do our own thing without being moved along by someone else's grand ideas. Progressive vs. conservative? No, that's not right. We've had strong conservative leaders like... And we have had strong progressive leaders like...

The most recent world leader who has shuffled of is Pope John Paul II. He was a strong leader of the conservative mold in some senses, and a progressive in others. It remains to be seen who will be the next Pope, but most likely the college of very conservative cardinals will elect one of their own. Ho hum, more of the same...

Other world leaders appear less and less to be strong, either in the conservative or the progressive mold, with none as far as I can see with anything like a vision for the future. The biblical saying that "where is no vision the people perish" is rather apt; where is our vision, at least in the so-called West? The bland leading the blind; economy above all, Mammon served well. And the antithesie? Terrorists?

There are over 6 billion of us humans. Given the state of the planet and the state of our leaders, this number may well be reduced considerably in the near future. Oh well, I just thought I would put a few ruminations down which may tickle some neurones out there someplace.

Peace to all
PB White


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