Utopia

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The Chain and Ball baseness of Politics.
Now, please don’t run away (yet), just a few words about the recent drama leading to a change of our Prime Minister. Her name is Julia Gillard. We had for the first time a PM that was and still is a female, but not anymore our country’s leader. Six years ago she was lauded as a future Prime Minister.

We had Kevin Rudd for three years first, after which fate decided a time was right for a female prime minister. We were so happy to get a change from an 11 year long stifling conservative government doing its best to keep us within the set of boundaries that ensured a solid maintenance of the status quo and cups-o-tea.

Of course, some now say, “The conservative government between 1996 and 2007 were our best years.” Sorry, but I am vague what the achievements during those years were. Was it the involvement of Australia in the Iraqi war or keeping refugees away from our shores? Was it the fondness of the PM John Howard in his love of a foreign Queen and cricket while wearing raglan sleeved pullovers…?

I remember his way of assuaging latent or not so latent xenophobia with his rant about how ‘we will decide who comes to this country and the method whereby they come’ followed up with ‘the children overboard’ lie. The slogans were received like honky-tonk to the ears of the red necks. “Let the boat people drown, they deserve it,” was his real message. “Teach them a lesson,” while rocking back authoritatively on his immoral heels. He knew it all.

As his tenure unfolded over the years, history, as it always does, spewed him out with his unpopularity resulting in only the second time around of a PM losing his own seat. Can you imagine? Yes I can. Nothing lowers everything to a level of baseness than politics.

My idea of a Utopia would be no politics and no Government. Go back to yeomen, carpenters and roof thatchers, jesters and clowns deciding issues with a fair exchange of goods for labour, a bartering for books on papyrus, wheel barrows or axes and with families around the communal fire or water-well. Poetry reading on Friday conversationally aided by the lubricant of an honest ale and strong coffee with snacks of calamari soaked in butter milk with some pepper.

There will be discourse on the weeks’ comings with fireworks and building giant slippery dips contemplation with dancing and hop scotching by others. Hurts would be heeled and soothed made better with hugs and kisses. Almonds, char-grilled and coated with chocolate would be currency and goats would give us cheese and much joyful bleating. Barking dogs and purring cats bouncing at the feet of leaping children, skipping using flaxen ropes and slapping rounded twiggy hoops round and around.

Music and singing for the just and last alive lingering up to a heaven still imagined during the final moment of a joyful departure. Incense burning to a loving memory never to fade or forgotten by kins and friends. Fresh daisies with five leaf clover on our dear beloved, so still now, yet buried below warm embracing sands.

That’s a Utopia that may one day find itself on the shores of our salt encrusted shores, smooth worn by pounding waves on rocks.
It is so much better than the present chain and ball politics.

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32 Responses to “Utopia”

  1. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Oh yes, Gerard we can all wish for a utopia. Too bad that most wishes do not come true. I had no idea that Australia had a crummy leader a while back. Eleven years in power is too dang long for anyone to be calling themselves a leader. Those individuals in power begin feeling as if they are God or king and feel as if they are omnipotent. We have the same thing here with state governors. We’ve had Rick Perry for so long he thinks he walks on water.

    Getting back to this post. I enjoy reading a good diatribe about politics. A good rant is a very good read. Thanks Gerard. I even laughed a bit even if this was not intended to be funny. And I was astounded also to know that other countries that claim to be free have or have had some real schmos. Or should that be shysters?

    ~yvonne~

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  2. cartoonmick Says:

    Your idea of Utopia sounds great, but what would the Honest Ale cost, or are they free ?

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  3. auntyuta Says:

    Isn’t wine mainly water anyway?
    I quite like your idea of utopia. But what about writing blogs? Would there be internet so that people can read what I write? I think I’ll give carrot planting a miss. Unfortunately I’m not a very successful gardener.
    Wishing you very good gardening. After all the rain everything should grow well!🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      auntyuta;
      Rain, rain go away. Come back at another day.
      I suppose the internet would fade into the background because around the communal camp fire or water-well it would be face to face instead on face-book. The sentences would be longer and with eye contact. I am sure you and Berlioz would be very popular with many who will be entranced by your amazing tales and stories.

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  4. Andrew Says:

    I was at a rugby lunch a few years back and Bob Hawke stood up and regaled us with Waltzing Matilda. I think all Australian PMs should be restricted to doing much the same and not much else. St. Julia of Barry may have given up her seat to go and cheer on The Lions on Saturday. With Welsh roots she can only shout against her adopted country and that, I suspect is the real reason why Ruddy got the vote.

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  5. Lottie Nevin Says:

    Gerard, firstly I’d like to apologise for being ‘off grid’ for a while. This is the reason why I haven’t visited your blog or any others now for a few weeks. I’m now back on track.

    A few weeks back I found a site on the internet that tells you what your personality type is. With way too much time on my hands I decided to give it a go. Apparently I am what’s known as a Spontaneous Idealist. Your idea of utopia fits mine perfectly!🙂

    I’ll try and catch up with all the posts that I’ve missed soon. Lottie

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  6. berlioz1935 Says:

    Utopia? A good yarn you spun there. But I think it would be more back to Medieval times. Without government there would be nobody to protect us from the despotism of the landed class. In historical term “we never had it so good”, as Howard (we actually saw him in Sydney yesterday) used to say. He meant in economic terms. I mean it in security terms. We can now drink our home brew in peace (thanks Mr. Keating) if we want to. The camp fires have been replaced by the big TV screen and the children, instead of jumping around, sit in front of the PC or similar, learn how to destroy other people in a virtual world.

    From an Australian perspective we don’t want to get involved in the political process at all. To vote every three years is already too much for the many. But no, we get involved in the fight among the top dogs in between elections.

    But I understand your yearning for a better world. And Leibniz called this the best of all worlds?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it is all a yearning for the ideal which we know is not obtainable. I have always had a desire for the simple life but admit to owning a TV and other gadgets. Sure, could not go without a fridge or internet. I just thought I throw up a kind of Thomas Hardy fantasy being curious about possible responses. Yours was a good one. Thank you Berlioz. ( see you around our campfire.)

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  7. Patti Kuche Says:

    Ah Utopia! Isn’t that what the indigenous peoples had before the original boat people arrived in the convict ships?

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  8. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I have news for everyone—there is no Utopia! As long as there are people, someone is going to attempt to control someone else. I would like to just fine a faraway place, maybe on a beautiful beach that no one knew about or could get to. With Charlie and my computer! And dogs don’t eat coconuts– I don’t think. But then, I guess there would be someone who insisted on payment for the internet. Shucks! Guess I’ll just have to put up with the here and now.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I suppose Charlie lives in Utopia. Have you asked him how he got there? I know that through a close study of our Milo we are slowly unraveling his secrets of his boundless happiness but I am not going to roll over on the carpet, belly up, for afternoon chicken necks , no matter what.

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  9. kayti rasmussen Says:

    Charlie tthinks our heat wave is way too much! He looks at the brick patio and goes out to lie down but runs back in soon and flops on the cool tile floor! I don’t join him but I would like to.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Heat wave.? Not here. Endless rain and drizzle with dripping trees and umbrellas in a bucket. We took Milo for a walk came back drenched but happy. Now H is making a big soup with lentils and Italian tomatoes. Just the aroma greeting me upstairs into the office is a kind of Utopia. Milo is wet still and smells. Someone in the shopping center this morning gave him a piece out of his Batman box of KFC. Nice man. (I did not get any)

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  10. ThePoliticalVagina Says:

    You know what Gerard? I think I’m going to become an unpoliticalvagina, I’m so sick of the riffraff and hoohaa they carry on with. It’s all so…..annoying!
    I like your somewhat medieval utopia idea and do hanker for it a bit, except I’d do away with the royal connections.
    I am formulating a cunning plan to seceed and begin again at this very moment🙂
    P.S. Loved this post

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Glad you felt akin to a yearning for a Utopia. I suppose politics just gives a chance to all that is base and corrupt. Even so, I am happy to have running water and that the garbage gets collected. You have a wonderful day PV.

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      • berlioz Says:

        Running water and garbage collection is only possible in an organised society.

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      • ThePoliticalVagina Says:

        Yes psychopaths and Sociopaths are drawn to positions of power. There needs to be better vetting of candidates doesn’t there?
        Funnily enough I think if everyone was responsible for their own garbage and water the environment would be in far better shape.
        This I know from first hand experience. I live in a house with only tank water and no garbage collection.
        I dig the non-governmental (or at least a consensus style of governing) bartering, weaving, thatching, bard based society you speak of – bring it on🙂

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    • berlioz Says:

      Don’t hanker for a medieval Utopia. It was a horrible time. Thomas Moore was beheaded for his troubles.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Are you sure?

        Moore died being cared for by his wife at Sloperton on the 26th February 1852. His remains are in a vault at St. Nicholas churchyard, Bromham, within view of his cottage-home, beside his daughter Anastasia

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      • ThePoliticalVagina Says:

        My comment was very much tongue in cheek and I did say minus Royal ie religious connections for my idea of a medieval type of Utopia.

        The Utopian dream I hold dear is far more egalitarian in scope🙂

        I think perhaps Berlioz was referring to Sir Thomas More, who first coined the word “Utopia” and who was executed because he was pro Roman Catholic and advocated persecution and execution of Protestants who refused to recant their faith.

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  11. berlioz Says:

    Indeed I was refering to Thomas More
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More

    and his “Utopia”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_(book).

    The whole idea of an Utopia is a big subject for discussion.
    Even Plato’s “Republic” fits into this category. But his idea was a more structured and controlled society, like the Soviet Union in modern time was.

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