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  1. Us And Them - Chapter 4

    ... anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose, author of Dingo Makes Us Human , wonders how the first meetings of the two species panned out: ... in an effort to protect elk and livestock populations, the US government financed schemes to destroy “wolves, prairie dogs, and other ... degradation in the landscape that would ultimately bring about a new control, a lack of food for them. As the elk became more numerous ... sights, but they never shot at it.  I am in two minds about hunting. On the one hand, I feel as if there is no longer such a thing as ... of the fishing line at the end of the pier. And what about hunting vermin ? How do I feel about that?  Bill Emmett, based in ... it would be easy to conclude that the dingoes here are content.  “But they’re not dogs, they’re wolves,” says Lyn, ...


  2. Us And Them - Chapter 12

    ... the black arts of engineering innovation, I fear it stands about as much chance of success in a relevant time-scale as did the alchemists ... old, inefficient heat engine design. But that does not help us find an alternative energy source that is cheaper than fossil fuel. ... back to Charlton’s dilemma, and our alchemists have told us to call them back in thirty years. I do not know what the way out is. But ... a political solution. Technologists are not going to bail us out of this one on their own, no matter how far we let them off the leash.  ... turbines respectively, is provided by heat from the sun. Us And Them - Chapter 12 ...


  3. Fair Share - Chapter 9

    ... as a good essayist does, to ask myself awkward questions about my own accustomed thoughts on “happiness” – my own approach to ... liked to come across a uniquely Maloufian twist to arguments about what happiness is, rather than a tapestry of others’ thoughts, but that ... is finely woven. What really interests Malouf, he tells us, is not how to live if we want to be happy, but why happiness still eludes so many of us now that the “chief sources of human un happiness … have largely been ... peace with themselves stroking the dog in front of the fire, content after a day in the garden, deeply satisfied by a good book or ecstatic ... happy – living a happy life – as opposed to merely content or fleetingly euphoric, that presents more of a problem. For that sort ...


  4. Great Expectations - Chapter 13

    US AND THEM Response to Correspondence Anna Krien “So, what are you?” a woman repeatedly asked me after an event for Us and Them , wanting to know if I was vegetarian, vegan or neither. I clamped ... to hang my hat on or ruthlessly demolish.” Us and Them is a very personal essay, and certainly not a platform to promote ... Other criticisms regarding Us and Them seem to be about what I didn’t write. Among the correspondents, B.J. Coman says that I ought to have written about Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac in my chapter on hunting; Geoff ... aware of.  All these criticisms seem to me to be more about craft than the issues. Writing is a craft. As when tuning an engine, you ... completely overwhelmed, but I know my limits. As for writing about Aldo Leopold, again this is an issue of craft – Aldo, although ...


  5. Fair Share - Chapter 12

    ... happiness. The very act of measuring happiness leads us down the wrong path. It implies that happiness exists as something we should ... I agree with Malouf that much of our discussions about happiness are in fact about the social conditions we associate with a good standard of living. I ... and wisdom.  Discussing matters in such terms reminds us of one thing: living well involves a life of ethical flourishing. Happiness ... we call lifestyle, with living it up in a world that offers us gifts or goodies free for the taking.” Current concerns about the cost of living and quality of life reveal there are serious limits to ...


  6. Dear Life - Chapter 13

    ... tradition. For all the thick description that Rundle gives us, Palmer remains a shadowy figure in his portrayal. It seems Rundle believes ... bogy the “atomised and content-less self of classical liberal doctrine.” For Rundle, content and depth are important, and he seeks to persuade readers that Palmer ... For Rundle, ultimately Palmer’s politics are all about the legacy of the 1891 papal encyclical Rerum Novarum. But Rerum Novarum ... history is not on the side of the left. Clivosaurus tells us much about Clive Palmer, but it tells us more about the contemporary Australian left. Geoff Robinson Dear Life - ...


  7. Reaction Time - Chapter 14

    ... is an elaborate set of stage props which have kept most of us distracted and calm while the theatre burns around us. Howard has stifled and channelled the public debate to such an extent ... The second thing we are losing is that deep primal concern about a fair go. Its content has been leached away until all that remains is comforting words of ... itself. Superficially, the sudden reversal of public opinion about David Hicks looked like a triumph for the spirit of human rights and a ... had written Hicks off as a dangerous fool who deserved about five years for what he did (or might have done, and who cares which?). ...


  8. Clivosaurus - Chapter 14

    ... its charted course. It is a forensically powerful polemic about the future place of indigenous Australians in what he calls “a more ... Australia has to do far more reconciling than the rest of us. And the reference to a unified nation is a give-away. It embodies the ... and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This brings us to the heart of the matter. “Occupy” is such a carefully chosen word, ... Many submissions referred to the question. But concern about likely community reaction to any reference to either sovereignty or ... as was the status of traditional law. And this leaves us far behind comparable societies such as New Zealand, Canada, the United ... points in one direction; the political agenda directs us elsewhere. Henry Reynolds Clivosaurus - Chapter 14 ...


  9. Fair Share - Chapter 10

    ... asks why contentment – happiness – seems to have eluded us. There is much to admire in the essay and the gentle spirit with which it ... and to have meaning emptied from them. If happiness is about anything, surely it is about meaning, and in the wake of these changes there has been for too many a ... of superiority born of our “specialness” which entitles us to privileges. Whatever is good for the self is good. It is ... for example, there is the entry: “Resolved, not to talk about myself or my feelings. To think before speaking. To work seriously. To be ... famous as their most important goal in life. In one study, US college students felt that having high self-esteem, feeling good about ...


  10. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 14

    ... the “independents,” seemed to have a single word to say about any concerns beyond the shores of the Australian continent. Is there a ... the world since the nineteenth century. It had a key role in US planning during the Pacific war against Japan. It was at US insistence that China became one of the “Big Five” on the Security ... finance and business degrees. Similar points might be made about technology and medical and other scientific research. And that is not ... therefore much concerned with public protests, for instance about intra-party corruption. There are tens, even hundreds of thousands, of ... – in its saner moments, maybe even Iran? – seems quite content to have the Americans around. Hugh White is right to want people to ...