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How do you put the Genie back in the bottle? I find myself asking this question more and more these days when reflecting on the ongoing chaos that is occurring in the world. This can be an extreme view of things, but it is how the world can appear given the events that are going on. To preface this though, I should explain what it is I am referring to.

There is an old proverb that states ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’. This is very true when it comes to taking a deep dive in to certain things that are going on around us. In particular, to the growing divide in many western nations driven by political ideologies and the growing distance between the left and the right. It can be easy to think that if you just avoid political discussion that this is easily fixed, however, it is not this simple. The growing chasm between these ideologies is pervasive in so many facets of our everyday lives that we can go about our daily business and not even realize it. Whether its groups calling for more equality amongst genders, more/less spending on programs for the vulnerable, defense spending, fossil fuel reductions, religious tolerance or making safe spaces for young adults at university, they all have a place in certain ideology. …


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How a problem is framed

“Ana Orantes was an ordinary housewife who appeared on television to talk about her experience of partner violence. A few days later, she was beaten and burned alive by her husband”

Introduction

In this essay, I will be exploring how a social problem has been constructed as a public problem in Australian society. The social problem being investigated is that of domestic violence. I will look at how this problem has evolved from that of a private issue to now becoming highlighted in society as a public problem, and more importantly, the challenges in how it is framed through the media, public policy and other instruments. Although the focus is on Australian society, broader research has been undertaken into other western societies that endorse similar human rights obligations. This is required as much of the contemporary domestic violence doctrine was established in the United Kingdom and the United States. Due to the nature of domestic violence as a subject, a brief discussion on what bias may exist in the research as the framing of this social problem grows to include broader definitions in society. This essay will not look at how domestic violence in some developing countries is constructed or linked to religious beliefs and will only explore the topic in western societies. …


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Living alone can suck

The onset of the Covid-19 virus and its ensuing ramifications have been nothing short of incredible. How one could possibly predict the panic buying of products such as toilet paper is being discussed globally and will be up for analysis for years to come. The multitude of news outlets available to most of us has also contributed to the blame, uncertainty and misinformation surrounding the outbreak. As of writing, many countries are preparing for total lock-downs and talking huge casualties if the 3.5% mortality rate remains constant. …


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The frustration of engaging with believers

It doesn’t take a lot of commonsense to see that from couple of key words in the titles above that this article is referring to those of a religious bent. The picture aside, these words can polarize individuals at light speed and turn calm individuals into raging incoherent people that throw a multitude of psalms, passages and other religious commentary your way. But what stops them from holding a rational discussion about their belief and the lack of belief of an atheist?

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? …


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Being supportive without losing them

The loss of a relative is something that the majority of us will all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Whether a family member, close friend, pet or even a celebrity that have felt particularly close to. Grief can even be experienced when relationships end or even when you transition from work to retirement. As is the case in grief as in life, we all differ in how we deal with grief.

Grief is such a personal thing for somebody to go through and how best to help and support people experiencing it can be both daunting and difficult to do. The internet is full of information on the different steps of grief a person can experience and it is these changing stages that make being supportive difficult. Just as individuals grieve differently, those offering support also have different personality traits that may inflame the emotions someone is feeling. …


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How will we ever know, there are so damn many…

At some point in our lives we will sit and ponder about what does it all mean. Is there a greater purpose or are we all inconsequential organisms that have managed to crawl out of a primordial soup and develop in to a relatively smart primate. History is littered with deep thinkers who have thought about this and have yet to formulate a response that sits perfectly with all of humanity.

One the one side there is the various religious beliefs that give large swathes of the human population some sense of why they are here and a faith that there may be something after this life has ended. The numerous religions of the world all differ though and so it would shallow to assume that religion is, or indeed, will ever have an answer that suits the masses. What religion does do though, is it allows people to not have to ponder the meaning of life and therefore get on with their own lives knowing that the big issues are taken care of. Now this is a little presumptions of me as there are philosophical thoughts in religion that do think of the bigger picture and look to rationalize it with a scripture or dogma. …


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Why a conflict exists around an article of clothing

In the past few decades, Islam has elevated itself from barely being discussed in the broader Western media, to a topic that has become as polarizing as it is complex. For as easy as it is to condemn Evangelists, Catholics and Protestants, condemning Islam can bring out a level of vitriol from believers that is far in excess and disproportional to any criticism leveled against it.

With a religion that has an estimated 1.8 billion followers, Islam is not about to disperse like a small cloud on a hot day. As all religions struggle in the face of a more learned ‘flock’ that is questioning the written assumptions made by these outdated myths, it is clear that unless a strong stand is made by their leaders, they will lose followers and the power it brings. There are many religions on this planet that set rules by which the faithful should behave or dress but many of these are marginal limited in size. …


Keep your eyes open to all possibilities

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It is an easy path to take. The one where you sit around and justify all the reasons that you can’t be a writer. Just like any other passion, you need to find where your interests lie and explore them to the fullest. Exploiting can be a negative term for many people but is exactly what a writer needs to do when looking for the spark of inspiration to put pen to paper or hitting the keyboard.

Start small

Delve in to what interests you and start there. It can be surprising to many people just how much knowledge or information they have on particular subjects. Write down points as headlines, these can then be paragraph topics that help you get the juices flowing. Even a trip to the store for groceries can be rich with events and experiences. …


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A problem that is occurring all over mature markets

This article will look at the electrical industry and how changes and pressures being brought to bear are having wide-ranging effects. This is not to say that other industries are not undergoing similar changes that mirror those of the electrical industry. Change is coming at a rapid rate and it is evident that many organizations, and those that run them, are poorly equipped to deal with the uncertainties that exist. The industry exists as part of a far larger market and consists of many elements. These include end-users, specifiers, contractors, manufacturers, switchboard builders, wholesalers, and distributors. To add to this list, there are a plethora of other organizations that play a part; such as accounting firms, legal firms, labor hire, transport and courier services. I will explore the main parts of the electrical industry only as many of the allied firms' service multiple other industries. …


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The ongoing learning that is required for dating site success

Not sure if the Beatles had any clue at the time of writing the lyrics above how it could be applied to the massive world of online dating. No, i’m not talking about the FWB help that many of you may be thinking of. This is more about friends of the opposite sex giving advise on how to achieve a good outcome if you are using these platforms.

Having been on a couple of online dating sites for a few years, I am constantly reminded of my failure for success every night when I turn all the lights off in the house and tuck myself in to bed. Frustrating is the number one term I could use to describe my experiences over a period of time. …

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