Search Results: consumerism

  • AUSTRALIA

    Shopping as communion

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 15 November 2010
    6 Comments

    Buying and selling has shaped history. Alongside goods, new ideas and practices get exchanged, leading to the creation of remarkable civilisations. My young daughter and I recently caught a bus into the city to do some shopping. A mundane errand was transformed into something magical.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Being humanistic about fish

    • Susie Byers
    • 20 October 2010
    2 Comments

    Harry Wetnose the Bigeye Tuna will probably never adorn any T-shirts. Nevertheless, the endangered Bigeye Tuna is in big trouble and could do with some help. The way we relate to fish raises some important questions about what it is to be a responsible person in the world.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the global storytelling crisis

    • Colm McNaughton
    • 29 March 2010
    10 Comments

    It is becoming clear that we are probably not going to avert cataclysmic forms of climate change. The foundational Greek and Hebraic imaginaries, the mythical narratives that frame western civilisation, can no longer contain, inform and explain what we experience. We need new stories.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When sitting is subversive

    • Suzanne Hemming
    • 10 March 2010
    9 Comments

    The Singaporeans have heavy fines for antisocial behaviour such as spitting and swearing. It works for them, and creates a pleasant, safe environment for tourists. But the lack of seats suggests something more: a form of social control. 

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Best of 2009: Why green Catholics are not communists

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 08 January 2010
    3 Comments

    Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect. September 2009

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  • AUSTRALIA

    John Smith Christmas homily: faith and welfare in action

    • John Smith
    • 10 December 2009
    1 Comment

    Much can be achieved in cooperation with friends who don't necessarilyshare the same faith or any faith at all. If you're homeless, who careswhether an atheist, a Christian or a Buddhist provides shelter?

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Money doesn't make babies happy

    • Stephen Wright
    • 30 September 2009
    6 Comments

    We are terrible at caring for the planet because we are terrible at caring for each other. And we are lousy at caring for each other because we don't seem to have any idea of where the roots of human emotional sustenance lie. We might begin to look at our obsessive love of money and power.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Why green Catholics are not communists

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 04 September 2009
    20 Comments

    Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect.

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  • RELIGION

    On blaming God for swine flu

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 May 2009
    15 Comments

    An American priest reportedly claimed that swine flu was God's punishment for sin. The idea that God might use natural disasters to punish people is repugnant. But at first glance the Scriptures do seem to represent God as doing just that.

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  • RELIGION

    Zen Christmas

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 22 December 2008
    3 Comments

    Silent breakfast in a still-dark zendo, mist rising on the mountains, has been replaced by a scramble against the clock, one eye on the newspaper, one hand reaching for the Weet Bix, our toddler clambering, garbage trucks screeching outside. How to find silence here?

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  • ECONOMICS

    A frugal Christmas story

    • Margaret Rice
    • 16 December 2008
    3 Comments

    This time of year is marked by a fraught pre-Christmas anxiety, exacerbated this year by the economic crisis. My daughter Rachel lost her part-time job last week. Her loss is slight compared to her employer's, a young mother who works in the finance industry.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    America electing a transformational president

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 November 2008
    13 Comments

    After America's worst president, Obama may prove its greatest. Australians will have reason to celebrate his likely victory, although Obama has no reason to be impressed by Australia.

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