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We have a journalist in Australia called Annabel Crabb and very funny she is too. She is not what you might call a comedienne but she has that obtuse vision of life that makes her observations often side splitting. When she finds a topic that it not tickling her funny bone, one that reaches deep within her, there is still humour albeit restrained but the sadness of the topic is clear for all to see. So this week, in the Sunday Age, she reviews the maiden speeches of our new Senators and gives a poignant review of the first address, in this her second term, of our own Trump, only female. Under the cloak of Parliamentary protection Hansen does what Trump does, use hearsay and the internet to ask if there is a problem. Years ago a very clever Pharmaceutical company’s whole marketing approach was to raise a new problem so that it could deliver a solution. It would ask something like “Are you sure you are fresh; how can you be positive?” Then the answer “None of us can be sure unless we use Product X, only then will you know you are Fresh.” Problem…..solution. Hansen doesn’t need a solution to stir up the redneck, ultra-conservative, ignorant, un-read, tele-fed flotsam, she just has to ask the question. “How can you be sure we will not be run by Sharia Law in a few years?” “How can you be sure that Muslims will not claim benefits for multiple wives?” “How can you be sure that the Muslims will no rise up against Christians and kill us all in our beds?” “How can you be sure they will not take all our jobs?” Trump is the same. “How can you be sure Clinton is not a Communist plant? How can you be sure Clinton is not connected to ISIS?” Because you can’t be sure then they could be truths is the response. In the English Game of Thrones the classic response of ‘you might say that, I couldn’t possibly confirm or deny…’ is the great pot-stirrer. Of course there is an element of truth in what Hansen says, some live by Sharia Law and like it, others hate it and most fear it but it does exist. In Muslim countries where the law permits, multiple wives are a reality and if we end up with a Muslim majority in this country through a mass discovery of the faith by Mr and Mrs McDervish, Tappolopolous, Patrone, Wong or Huen, then her warnings will come to pass. But the Greeks, Italians, Vietnamese, Irish and Chinese do not run this Country as a solo block, they never have and they never will.
What she has not had the courage to say because she hasn’t got the follower base is that almost all wars since the beginning of Civilization have had a Faith component. Because smarter people had the ability to meet the ‘unexplained questions’ like ‘Where do we come from’ with stories of wonder and magic that satisfied those questions and thus control the masses, Faith has been pivotal in defining one tribe over another. Today we do not need those parables, stories, fables to make a decision, we have access to almost all knowledge via the internet and Google doesn’t demand your abeyance, well it might make it awkward from time to time but it doesn’t control you. The Net can help us prove anything, black is white, aliens live among us, we are going to be destroyed by a new planet. All faiths started as a Conspiracy Theory and now you can help yourself to a Faith of any nature your mind desires; somewhere on the Net will be the Creed, Bible, Koran, book, scroll that will prove the idea to be the truth. So now we have the internet we don’t actually need the churches, mosques and other expensive real estate. We don’t need the hidden wealth and jobs-for-the-boys to keep the washed and clean in line. We can now ask You Tube and take it from there. Then, we can move forward and remove all Religions from public view and visit it on demand like ebay when the need arises from the comfort of our smartphone on the train or at the desk when one should be actually working. With that out of the way we can get down to the things that really matter like poverty. Remove religion which will stop most wars, educate everyone on you Tube and learn how to make anything and grow anything and everyone will stay where they are and Mrs Hansen will be happy. Such if life. Until the next time this is Brodie Goozée