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Keywords: Humanity

  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film locates warmth in Stasi darkness

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The Lives of Others is part of the recent wave of acclaimed German films focusing on the country’s troubled 20th century, while simultaneously seeking out stories of hope, inspiration or simple humanity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Children must be raised, not idolised

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 08 March 2007
    6 Comments

    Our idolising of childhood and youth means we treat them like demi-gods, and in doing so fail to honour their humanity. UNICEF research shows that the overall health and well-being of Australian children is poor compared with those in most other developed countries.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and Reason in Limbo

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    10 Comments

    What is missing in this theological use of reason is an imagination grounded in ordinary humanity and, in the case of Christians, in the humanity of Christ, the criterion for our knowledge of God.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 December 2006

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. From 25 July 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Questioning the limits to freedom

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    No advocate of democratic freedoms has defended Sheik al-Hilali's right to compare immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat. The message is that promoting freedom is often—but not always—a valid means of recognising values that enhance individual and collective humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Jesuit premise fails but resilience of humanity proved

    • Richard Leonard
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    As the fascinating Seven Up documentary series develops, the supposed principle of St Ignatius—'give me a boy until he is seven, and I will give you the man'—is found to be increasingly untrue.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Compassion requires more courage than war

    • Katharina Weiss
    • 07 August 2006

    To fight wars we have to deny our own and others’ humanity. Israeli Defence Force commander General Dan Halutz was asked about his feelings when he piloted a plane dropping bombs on people in Gaza in 2002. His reply was that he felt 'a light bump to the plane'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 July 2006
    5 Comments

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. The response to acts of violence is morally more complex.

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  • MEDIA

    There's nothing virtual about Future Shock

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 10 July 2006
    3 Comments

    Online publishing puts us in touch with many conversations. But there is a danger that it will sever the necessary link between our awareness of the cultures and debates in the world, and the humanity at the core of our being.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist

    • Andrew Carter
    • 10 July 2006
    1 Comment

    In Polanski's remake of Oliver Twist, the rich humanity of nineteenth century London is vividly portrayed. But the representation of Oliver Twist by Barney Clarke leaves the viewer dissatisfied, and asking for more.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    First give West Papuans a human welcome

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2006
    2 Comments

    The arrival of West Papuan refugees raises complex questions. Discussion must begin by honouring the humanity of the West Papuans involved.

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