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  1. Fair Share - Chapter 10

    THE HAPPY LIFE Correspondence Anne Manne In Ovid’s hauntingly beautiful ... beautiful youth is a white flower, narcissus.  In The Happy Life, David Malouf interrogates the strange disparity between our ... of life and our state of restless discontent, and asks why contentment – happiness – seems to have eluded us. There is much to admire ... impeding our “pursuit of happiness,” undermining our “search for contentment,” lies in the contemporary culture of narcissism.  ... backwards, at another era, as opposed to examining our own world, obscures the fact that we face quite different problems. In analysing ... discusses the lovely Rubens painting, but any depiction in modern times of such a generous form would send an upper-middle-class woman ...


  2. Blood Year - Chapter 18

    DEAR LIFE Correspondence Paul A. Komesaroff We are living in an age of ... of all this technological capacity, there is one part of our life that has so far largely resisted demands for complete exactitude: that of our own death. Indeed – perhaps paradoxically – in the modern world, old age and death have become, if anything, increasingly disturbing and ... system. Karen Hitchcock’s brilliant essay takes issue with many of the popular assumptions about medical care at the end of life and draws attention to the risks of the search for certainty, and the use of medicine as a weapon to reduce government ... supposedly devoted to caring. Implicitly, along with much modern philosophy, she recognises that being and subjectivity do not precede ...


  3. Radical Hope - Chapter 5

    ... transmission. We have to confront the reality that our modern lifestyles work against cultural transmission in the old style. And we ... the external culture as our right and inheritance: it is a world heritage. By getting our thinking (and therefore our policies) clear ... a mainstream education that does not handicap them on their life trajectory through the modern world. There is a tension – not a contradiction – here that needs to ... disadvantage in employment, housing and, ultimately, life expectancy can only be removed if education is fixed up. Patently it is ... part of my identity when I didn’t learn the language. I am happy that my children are given the opportunity to learn the language …  ...


  4. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 4

    ... engaged in an angry exchange of letters that make the modern rumble between Labor and News Limited resemble a contrived bout of WWF ... to Germany. Unlike the Greeks, who were our allies in World War II, the Germans had the advantage of “white” skin. The German ... willing adapter in the 1990s. The then Opposition leader was happy to let the polls do his thinking for him because for most of Howard’s ... is whether the national interest is compromised in the search for voters. I believe Howard damaged Australia by using asylum seekers ... a big Australia prime minister. Immigration is the defining issue in the battle of wills between politicians and the polls, because voters, ... to as many people as possible the freedom and benefits of life in Australia. A larger population will bring that about provided that ...


  5. The Opportunist - Chapter 2

    ... the first to spot it, and it alerted the Indonesian coastal search-and-rescue service. A ship laden with refugees was sinking in the ... By all accounts, Prime Minister John Howard was across the issue throughout – pumped with adrenalin, buoyed by the increasingly ... sea flowed into their fresh drinking water sources and made life unsustainable, something that could happen in less than 25 years time. But ... attached to the notion of ‘Australia’ in the eyes of the world. Nor was it merely the so-called bleeding hearts who felt this way – ... with the ‘r’ word. National Party Senator John Stone was happy to play the bad cop in all of this, telling the 7.30 Report that ... both sides of the House had been selling a certain vision of modern society – multicultural, global – to a far from convinced ...