Meditations on Mercury

“Don’t shoot the messenger!”

Truth can be a bitter pill,
But look for the broadest perspective
Of how it brings justice.

It’s ok not to have an opinion on everything.
Ok not say anything.
Ok to keep learning.

Being ‘right’ is not the most important thing.

Just because a teaching appears impure,
Doesn’t mean it should be entirely discarded.
Pearls are there.

If attacking the old dysfunctional ways fatigues,
Then instead create the new.
Ideas born are magnets.

The Light is carried by special resonances,
And sharing that is joy.

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Reclaim Yourself

NOTE: The following analysis was written late last year, November 2015. Therefore, much of it will not be ‘current’, although a large portion of the issues seem to linger with us. At the time, I hesitated publishing due to having second thoughts about the quality of the prose. It is a long piece of writing, prose isn’t one of my strong points (too poetical), and there are others out there already tackling such subjects with superior sharpness and journalistic vitality. However, the recent death of Omid and a drunk bogan party next door last night was enough to muster the rage to publish the following, if anything for to preserve the legacy of the argument and get the matter off the chest.


They say, “Reclaim Australia”. But reclaim what exactly?

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It is now tempting to start any piece of writing with an urgent proclamation that people need to wake up, and wake up quickly. This of course runs the immediate risk of appearing as a repetitious bore and having no one take the argument seriously. “Why bother writing anything then?” This self-pre-emptive censoring aborts all too many useful communications. However, knowing the urgency of a problem and not doing anything about it only adds to the problem. This problem needs urgent counterattack.

Wake up. Act. Or sleepwalk into oppression.

To bring this urgency into focus it is useful to lens onto certain issues and weave them together into a disquieting whole. Only then once the ghastly and tragic canvass can be sized up, and once the horror and despondency passes – a debate about what can be done can commence on a meaningful level as partially-empowered Australians.

On that national note, this is where the lens is first placed: an ugly noise clangs across our senses daily, inevitably revealing the demented signal of racism lurking in the shadows. That the weed of racism occasionally runs rampant in Australia is nothing new – but its current intoxicant comes at a time when it serves as a convenient pawn to a larger chilling game; much more insidiously than in decades past where the play for power via the race-card was apparently blunt.

What is new is that racism is now a social media spectator sport. It is a mind-bog for Australians to become swamped in, while the real poisons against the common-good are gulped down with barely more than a sideways glance. It’s an enticing prospect: in one corner you have those ensnared in obvious ignorance, closed-mindedness and carefully guarded fear; in the other corner you have those with a claim to intelligence and empathy, that either go-through-the-motions of different forms of mental counterattack, or just expressing their disapproval by hitting the requisite Like button. At best this can turn into robust discussion and at worst violence. In concept, these are tensions that Australians have been playing out for decades, only now they are paraded in the public electronic discourse. However, no matter whether or not online rashes of concentrated stupid are healed, the entire pastime remains a suitable distraction from a very disturbing pattern designed to oppress all of us, irrespective of what corner of the race-debate you activity or inactively care to take up. The core subordination is largely dished out with ‘equality’, save for the few in the power-class.

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The recent Reclaim Australia cacophony (along with several other similar clangs) serves as a clear example of such wasted energy, a tension exemplified in the recent campaign against the establishment of a Mosque in Bendigo. Protests were had, as there were counter-protests, all with a grubby under-tone of violence threatening to be unleashed. The cultural significance of this clash is similar to a contemporary phenomena in Australia: both sides were active in their social media rhetoric, keenly hoping for the symbolism of their act to be culturally mass-affirmed by a flood of Likes. This was no Cronulla Race Riot, which was a mass-spasm expression vomited up by meatheads in a climate of fear – the recent Mosque protests were, for a brief moment, yet another embodiment of our need to appear ‘in the right‘ reflexively on ‘the issues that matter‘. Other similar moments have produced the same phenomenal noise. While racism can never not have a suitable counterattack, this entanglement in the symbolism of things is a missed opportunity for public debate to focus upon something that deeply, urgently matters.

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If Reclaim Australia, and its passionate antithesis, wanted to have a raging robust discussion about something, they could very well used the fire in the belly to protest whether or not they should tear down a real church of evil in Australia: the US Military Base at Pine Gap. These days, particularly since the Snowden disclosures on mass surveillance, anyone doing any amount of unbiased research will find plenty of reasons to raise urgent questions about Australia still having Pine Gap. Not only has it been well known for a long time that it plays a key role in coordinating missile telemetry for strikes in wars we have no part in deciding what death is dished out; it is also an integral part in the Five Eyes global citizenry surveillance program – an all-seeing privacy-destroyer that holds everyone who uses the internet as a data-identity. That data-identity can at any time be easily transferred to a watch-list that the Surveillance State uses to build a stratagem of oppression, should any given citizen all of sudden is deemed to be unfavourable. It has also been recently revealed there is a massive bureaucratic machinery that uses surveillance information to work through a kill-list, often executed by unmanned drones. It is now a well known fact that the death toll of innocent lives in ongoing wars, missile strikes, and drone strikes, has grown to criminal levels. If it hasn’t been confirmed already, it is highly likely that Pine Gap is an essential part of this drone system.

Why should this US Base, with the macabre totalitarian power it helps to uphold, have a place upon Australian sovereign soil is a question that we have not collectively addressed adequately since the Whitlam years. Why should Australian citizens continue to allow this tool of chaos that crushes innocent life to exist? Why do we publicly celebrate our nation-hood while this fundamental corruption of our national self-determination mocks us? What of our ‘Aussie Pride‘ when we are no better than a subservient dog to American military-adventurism that uses war as its first-order tactic in establishing self-serving trade relations. In jumping in quick to proudly click Like on whatever camp we decide to take for or against Aussie Racism, the genuine discussion about really reclaiming Australia from the grip of US Interests sadly is relegated to the pastime of those who are likely to be labelled as boring (or conspiracy nuts). As long as people look cool and belong on social media while the government casually decides to drop a stack of bombs overseas somewhere, you’re ok, right?

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The re-emergence of Pauline Hanson seems to be in clockwork-sync with the aforementioned race-rash. Her anti-Islam platform spews forth to preoccupy us with yet another convenient distraction, a honey-pot irresistible and sticky for the ‘ignorant’ and ‘intelligently compassionate’ in equal measure. But really, she is only a crude player of the race card compared to other more entrenched pot-stirrers in print and radio that the masses can’t seem to break the collective addiction to. At the core these examples often have an undertone of blaming any given demonised race for local social and economic issues. This is the slight-of-hand that makes people settle for a dud argument – blame someone you don’t understand; rather than make the effort to find out what is really going on. And what is really going on? Global trade deals that screw everyone over except the elite at the corporate feed-lot. This boring point is tragically not seen as terrifying, even when recent Pacific Trade deals look to make this a whole lot worse. It’s just plain easier on the brain to say that “Pauline is a racist”, or “Murdoch is heartless”, and be done with it.

Memory takes effort to keep in check. It’s a certain effort to remember all the boring changes we’ve had that strip Australians of liberties, that also strip the courts of fair process and increase arbitrary power to state and powerful private interest. The recent anti-terrorism proposals to increase state power over juveniles is just the latest in a deplorable line of legislation that allows for human beings to be caught in the jaws of hell. Anyone who works in high schools will tell you that most teenagers are ‘terrorists’; yet, joking aside, no one wants to look at researching the nexus of potentially good parenting, society and culture that helps iron out all those teenage crinkles with care (let alone putting meaningful funding towards a solution). No, political points have to be won, and teenagers, like any vulnerable minority group, are an easy target. Never mind that suicide kills way more Australians than terrorism by a staggering amount, and that it is likely that many suicides are preventable if there was not so much economic inequality as there increasingly is. It seems the political approach to this is to hammer-harder; where, on this slippery-slope, it is only a matter of time before you too will be poor and demonised for your non-viability. Maybe you’ll develop serious mental health problems from the stress, become detached from reality, get a gun, murder innocent people, and then be used as yet another excuse to increase state power. Or maybe you’ll sit meekly with a smart phone hoping the Like button will change the world.

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Racial, ethnic or religious oppression is a mere superficiality compared to the real class oppression – race just can be on occasion a convenient justification ticket for power to flex its muscle to do the deep harm against the thing that it fears: true humanity, true empowered citizenry.

Racism is largely a horizontal issue, citizen against citizen. More attention must be put on vertical issues: the power-class against citizenry.

This is not to say that Australians need to forget about solving our lingering colonial detritus of racism. Absolutely, there are some very deep wounds that need collective healing: look no further than the hard facts of the ongoing plight of our First Australians. But to let racism set the public agenda so it can be used as a consuming parade of our #DoingGood is to let it drown out time that could be better spent on discussing such things as: why the government is so seemingly arbitrary about picking which Australian citizens will and will not get diplomatic consular assistance; why is there mass surveillance of all Australians, including legislated mandatory metadata retention, without a warrant; why there is Australian executive arbitrary power, often completely without mandate, exercised in the name of global economic tyranny that has no true value toward the common-good; and so on in such a boring manner. Perhaps if just courses of action were taken with those sort of urgent issues then the racism problem would enjoy fairer conditions for working towards a more humane solution.

If there are any broad dots to join here it is that there is a long established power-class, with its roots enmeshed in US global power; via its many arms of state, corporate, cultural, and private influence that takes rulership over any lower nation-state such as our own. This perhaps is old news, but we now have unprecedented evidence of it. Evidence that cannot be argued against. It’s a grim picture: The great south land may be nothing more than a cog in a monstrous machine, and the cultural self-esteem is not collectively strong enough in the heart to stand-up for what is truly right, unlike some other less-well-off countries.

DUTTON MORRISON PRESSER

Also, Australia’s ongoing racism-rash is actually statistically trivial to the monumental racial and nationalistic tensions that other regions face, such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Australia faces a minute fraction of this pressure, but perhaps has a Europe-sized fear. So why the big fuss? A lack of a sense of proportion? The power masters seem happy enough with the current Australian State compliance, why all the noise over a relatively small amount of asylum seekers? Surely this is a straightforward matter that wouldn’t get in the road of the US-geopolitical narrative? A little lateral cheeky thinking affords countless interesting solutions, just one for fun: there’s enough private wealth with Australian baby-boomers alone that could establish an efficient immigrant community development program that could settle all detained refugees in places with appropriate servicing promoting all sorts of meaningful engagement. Instead, there is a pass-the-buck gulag of cruelty that is a human-rights catastrophe. Surely, to humour the above scallywag suggestion further, the hundreds of children and their families in abhorrent detention could easily bunk-up with some rich baby-boomer retirees, that affluent sub-class whom dwell (and sometimes not) in their mostly-empty mansions. Surely we can sneak the refugees in without the overlords noticing too much?

The truth is that they will notice. Because if the citizenry learns how to treat refugees right, then it will have the capacity and likelihood it will also treat its most disadvantaged citizens right as well. This they will not tolerate because a mass of empowered citizens are less likely to be mindless consumer slaves to the globalised machinery of horror. Homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, family violence, drug culture and trash culture is the expanding set of statistics and cultural shifts that are the manifestation of the programme of free-market corporate totalitarianism – the unfortunates rots at the bottom, powerless. In this state of festering, ignorance blooms like algae, creating a suitable micro-climates for racial tension. Stressed communities can’t think straight, can’t feel empathically. And the power-class is all too happy to have them buzzing around with racism, for it serves as a perfect red herring for reciprocal intellectuals and bleeding-hearts to get bogged down in corrections of ‘values’ and ‘symbols’. Hell continues.

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This is the real tragedy for progressive evolution: that such brain-capable talent goes wasted on so many pithy cracks in ignorant dams. Again it must be stated that this is no apology for ignorance, yet larger battle fronts are desperately needing critical-mass-attention before any means of reasonable resistance is beyond reach.

But whatevz. So boring. tl;dr. Hurrah for the social-justice heroes and their Like buttons. As long as you look good while you unconsciously slide into poverty and oppression. “At least we’re not as bad off as those other people overseas” or any such logical fallacy. Lucky and stupid. Who cares about technological scope-creep, concentration camps, nuclear proliferation, excessive militarisation, planetary destruction, or slavery to corporate plutocracy? At least a head in the sand is sorta warm and cosy. For a while anyway.

Perhaps even one day it will be too late before you see that murder drone hovering over your neighbourhood, or worse: some sort of robot that soullessly makes an algorithmic decision to enumerate the cessation of your existence on some secret collateral damage list. At least it will be an end to having to put up with boring writing like this.

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Boring hard work, the banal real work for the common-good, is in need of people to wake up and step up as mental warriors, fighting dire problems in the spirit of substance rather than style. Effective mental warfare, with its foundation of true unity and wisdom, can prevent physical warfare. The will-for-good via an aspiring compassion can lead thinkers to indulge in lip-service rather than actually putting themselves to the task. History shows this to be a well understood risk– countless good people let Europe stew until the Nazis started the holocaust, inhumanely slaughtering over six million humans in death camps. Failure of robust intellectual and empathetical reckoning to solve Europe’s industrialisation problems lead to a toxic dance of death with totalitarian nationalism. Good people went quiet, talent wasted for possibly preventing an atrocity. Or worse: some went over to the dark side – the most sinister oppression is the one that is willing opted into. It has been forgotten that this is what ‘lest we forget‘ means.

Any sober surveying at the world’s current situation will see dark global parallels to the above; that is, if one dares to look. Contrariwise, there is a similar opportunity provide meaningful counterattack. To do so is to entertain what is being avoided: embrace the boring.

So, for anyone who has read this far, the pressing question becomes this: how do we really do something good? How do we as ‘little Australians‘ do anything meaningful in the face of such overreaching inhumane totalising power? How do we move beyond our little blue and white prison?

Can we reclaim Australia? Reclaim the world?

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Start to look for the light where true unity and wisdom seek expression. Fortunately, thanks to the amazing courage of some journalists, publishers, leakers and whistleblowers, there exists ways to find out what is really going on – yet, it wouldn’t necessarily be the job of those people to build the Progressive Evolution 101 Handbook for us (although some of their insights would be useful). This is why there must be mindfulness given to meaningful robust discussion about what to do in the face of such terrible revelations: and importantly the word discussion implies collective work of the citizenry. And then action. Action with constant refinement. There is a wealth of worthy perspectives out there, both ancient and modern, that can help to shape this process. It is time to creatively bring them all together in a common efficient language to fight against oppression.

Courage is needed to step up to make the necessary mistakes to eventually get it right. Slumber must transform into creative-being to address urgent problems. It must happen – how long before before people know enough to cross the threshold? Yes, of course, we all have lives to live and roles to undertake: but there are countless opportunities for unexpected creativity to build common good.

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A good example of this is the academic: usually someone clearly gifted in the power of discernment, but due to lacking the required fire in the heart and being cursed with a fat pay-check, the ‘role’ becomes like an old stone; discernment is replaced with unthinking conformity with whatever fashionable rhetoric is doing the rounds. Another lost opportunity. A useless counter-argument would be to put forward that they should just quit their job, be puritanical and join the required activist syndicate. Or another argument could be just getting irate at them for ‘being part of the problem’. A better counter-argument for the academic would be to realise that any system, including academia, can be bent to find margins of freedom where some contribution can be made. Anything of true substance counts, no matter how small the margin.

As it is so for anyone stuck in any role anywhere: when the distractions are no longer indulged in, time and energy are freed for creative action. Surprising results are possible. Regardless of what sort of relative genuine service to the common-good can be offered (anything and everything from analysis to art), it provides a genuine meaning to existing.

Again, it needs to be stressed that no argument here assumes that ‘waking up‘ entails placing unreasonable demands on individual people. Life is hard enough sometimes, and any drill-sergeant barking that you’ve got to try harder isn’t helpful, no matter what subtle form that takes. Waking up, making a contribution where and however possible, is the crossing of the threshold that so many with brilliant potential could easily strive for. This must become a bigger cultural movement of service and substance – not at the unreasonable expense of individuals. It never works to criticise individuals as a method to improve their ability to contribute, just as much as there is no need to self-punish or punish individual disempowered citizens as a method for creating a better world. There are families to feed, bills to pay, mortgages to remain entangled in, and so on.

What is utterly critical in these times is that service be efficient and fight the battles most pressing and important. And what is most pressing and important is nearly always what the power-class does not want the citizenry thinking about.

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If we cannot have true sovereignty as Australians, we are still free to aim to have sovereignty of mind and heart. Many of the old collective cultural habits will no longer do. What death-cults are being needlessly held over-tight – who are so pure they can cast stones?

Self-appointed gurus lead to cult members with empty pockets. Celebrities inspire with talent or opinion, but it would be unwise to invest hope in them that they can change the world. Addiction to the ‘power of personal stories‘ (very scripted and polished yarns) only lead citizens to blaming themselves for being human, thus unfocused on creating system-change. Too many sheep wanting to be lions. Neither suffices when people can be a human. With a few technical exceptions, the use of “I” must be seen as toxic in the task of refining the best ideas for service to the common-good. Personality in the public sphere is either an element of deliberate confusion or smear. Stars don’t make the world, they are a product of it. Equally so, a charming well-spoken politician does not make destructive racist policy great. Engage the ideas, not the person.

The major political parties have sold out on their old ideologies and replaced them managerialism requiring mindless unquestioning toeing of the arbitrary line. Right becomes wrong and left becomes right.” Terms become abused and useless. Unthinking participation in the political system is to invite it to destroy you. Just as bad is unthinking support for minor parties no matter what their colour. Traditional media is no longer necessary to inform what policy is available – just a little active searching can show where gems are available, so that people can engage with the ideas directly and think about it for themselves. Group-think or herd-behaviour can be such an impediment shrouded in conformity, whether it is heady-hubris without heart, or intense feeling adverse to discerning acuity. There must be a cultivation of consciousness development that mindfully separates the instinct for belonging from the need to critically think with empathy. Sovereignty of mind and heart – the boring work.

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If thought is given to what’s worth reclaiming, it may lead to this: reclaim personal privacy as sacred, while demanding more transparency from governments and corporations. Sleepwalking into the arms of malicious technological giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, exposes a liability for mindlessness in giving away what is precious and special. Of course, there is a developing set of measures one can take to ensure privacy, but it is fundamentally wrong that people should have to do this in the first place. Watch the interchange of terms: debate will labelled as dissent, dissent as radicalisation, radicalisation as criminalisation, and anything as terrorism. No valid questioning will be tolerated, unless of course 100% of people want their reality to be completely filled with ‘safe’ and saccharine personal sentiment. To be human is to be constantly working on your own contradictions and hypocrisies, trying to serve the common-good – this is a private process for a good reason: our fallibilities are not subject to the malediction of state or corporate power. Personal yet publicised Likes against racism may give the warm-fuzzies, but are likely to be used against people if things get worse. Different, more-impactful ways, that don’t rely on personalities, are needed to strike back against the conditions that cultivate racism in the first place.

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And yet, despondency and depression may ascend to rulership. “What can I do, I’m just a nobody?” Give the matter enough reflection so a practical and unique answer will come. In our noisy world, take a moment to quietly look within (whatever that means to people) and, past the fear, some clues may emerge. There is no need to be a superhero. Many people at different times in their lives will come into situations where they are close to a power-structure, or close to those in a class that wields influence. The temptation can be to unleash hate and separatism; but a better way might be an intelligent tactical adversarial inclusive strategy, patiently using human unity to foster serious debate. To completely challenge bad ideas while still maintaining collegiate friendship is a real possibility. For the majority of Australians lucky enough to have employment, this provides a meaningful front to tactfully achieve relative good. Any case of those in power no longer being under the influence of bad ideas is a win that contributes to the whole. All these quiet achievements add up. The power-holders are the nodes in the system – once each is changed for the better a real momentum begins where the citizenry then has a platform to push back against inhuman power. Numerous progressive achievements for the common-good have silently come into being partly through this very method.

If there is a part to play with substance, then play it.

 

Dictionary of Youth Work

A

Administration – Anything in a tardy, incomplete and deferred state.

Advocacy – A type of eloquent rage.

Anxiety – Side effect of Compliance.

Assessment – A circus act that involves putting a young person in a box, upon which the crowd cheers.

ATSI – Statistical unit used to performatively show seriousness and integrity.

Audit – The meaning of life.

AVO – Big red nuclear weapon button that says Don’t Press Me.

Awareness – Unknown, except that if it is not raising, then people are in big trouble.

 

B

BBQ – I’ve got no idea what to do.

Beds, Number of – A number always smaller than the number of humans on hand.

Behaviour – 1. Scientific measurement used to justify penalising students for having complex lives. 2. Word used by youth workers to demonstrate effortless authority.

Benefit – Ordinary slavery.

Brokerage – That feeling of guilt associated with the expiration of program funds for the purpose of enabling bad Client behaviour in the name of nursing the Youth Worker’s inner child.

Budgeting – A way for a youth worker to easily humiliate a client while achieving nothing.

Bullying – 1. Transference of Trauma. 2. A large imaginary monster created by Anxiety. 3. Something used by Awareness and Ministers to improve public profile.

Burnout – Standard operational procedures.

 

C

CALD – See: ATSI.

Camp – A least some idea of what to do, but not quite enough.

Career – The entropy of all continuity.

Case Load – Same problems, different people, all year, every year.

Case Management – 1. Rhetoric used to bully other Service Providers in the fair-game competition for money. 2. A coded sequence of words that keeps managers at bay.

Case Notes – A litany of woe that cannot be leaked due to public disinterest.

Case Plan – An embarrassment that is forgotten as much as possible.

Centrelink – Most holy of sacred sites where the community gathers to help keep the economy going.

Client – 1. A unit of non-compliance that is a managed impediment to the getting of money. 2. Something easy to blame for things going wrong. 3. A vessel of fault for its own problems.

Clients – 1. A number to be counted in order to justify the getting of money. 2. If low in number, it is used by a manger to obliterate employment; if high in number, it is used by youth worker to brag.

Client Centred Service – No, I’m not going to talk to you.

Chapter 16A – Yes, you are going to talk to me.

Charity – 1. An unsustainable way of holding a community together. 2. The only way that community is held together. 3. See: Defunded.

Child-Sex-Offenders List – A list of sick monsters or scapegoats, that possibly half of a Case Load lives with or associates with – which Community Services does as little as possible about.

Conference – An opportunity to waste time listening to well educated people pretending to know what they are talking about and wanting desperately to appear as compassionate. Usually enough hubris to cause vomit.

Community Services – A club with rules: expensive clothes and avoidant behaviour.

Compassion – An element of branding the Service Provider.

Compliance – Good boy/girl etc.

Consent – 1. An empty ritual that preludes avoidance of whatever is written and agreed upon in the Case Plan. 2. Something that the client forgets and the youth worker takes constant liberty of.

Consortium – A type of fish that is impossible to pick up.

Contempt – 1. See: Minister. 2. What all humanity deserves.

Contract – A form of institutionalised bullying.

Cool – A sin that must not be practiced by youth workers, otherwise they will forfeit all credibility.

Country – Also seen as ‘Land’. Unfortunately yet to have impact on the unreasonableness of Landlords and Real Estate Agents.

Counsellor – At best, something therapeutically beneficial after much shopping by the Client; at worst, a process of re-living Trauma only to walk away empty handed.

Cowboy – A type of Youth Worker that does it his way, climbing the greasy pole of local power and being in favour with the Minister, etc. etc. Often the darling of local media. Entraps Disengaged Young People in dubious schemes that lead nowhere.

Credit – Clients are able to forgo food regularly, but Credit is a wellspring that the Youth Worker must endlessly provide.

Crime – Unmediated democratic expression.

CRN – Personalised dog collar.

 

D

Defunded – A necessary and prudent end to the age of entitlement.

Delinquent – Word used to signify the speaker’s well respected nobility.

Depression – A shared dirge between clients and youth workers.

Disengagement – Ordinary modus operandi of Teenagers, treated as apostasy.

Diet – Noodles, pizza and Drugs.

Drugs – Vector of honesty collapse.

 

E

Early Intervention – 1. Words expressed in order to manage feelings around taking the children away. 2. Words expressed to justify doing less gritty work. 3. Highly effective marketing in order to maximised brand penetration. 4. Group activities designed to make workers feel good about themselves.

Education – 1. Machinery used to destroy Goals. 2. See: Compliance.

Election – A build-up of gasses that increases false-hope, only to deflate as a fart.

Elders – Never ending source of ideas and opinions about what to do, where, with whom, how and why. Possible resource if ideas have reduced to BBQ, unless of course they want BBQ.

Employment – Exploit young people for cheap labour, then dump them when they are older because the law says you have to pay them more.

Employment Service Provider – Treadmill of humiliation for clients and highly lucrative ventures for Service Providers.

Enabling – The extent that any youth work is effective.

Engagement – Subordination of client to passive and controllable state.

Evaluation – Intensely clever usage of words and numbers that effectively convince managers that it was their idea all along and without them nothing would have happened.

Expo – Day off from Hell.

 

F

Facilitation – A masquerade of noble behaviour concealing routine Enabling.

Family Court – Slow motion torture.

Food – 1. For some clients it is an irregular event, which must be met with desperate gorging. 2. Something that it a precursor to concentration, which Teachers, School, and Parents overly focussed on Behaviour fail to understand.

Funding – 1. No. You cannot get a pay rise. 2. An instrument of perpetual fear in ever-reducing cycles of potential defunding (see Defunded). 3. Election bait.

 

G

Gap, Closing The – Long-form insult.

Goals 1. Aspirations that rely upon the denial of reality. 2. An opportune chance to express dreary routine dreams and socially acceptable fantasies. 3. A disastrous and fertile ground for wayward sporting and coaching analogies.

GP – 1. Last person to see about Suicide. 2. Often the only person to see about Suicide.

Grant – A thing no one has time for.

Grog – Economic lubricant.

Group Activity – A precision method for neglecting individual needs.

 

H

Health and Wellbeing – A cosmetic glow applied to clients, as if by magic.

Hell – See: Service Area

Help – Exactly what a youth worker provides to a young person when they need it themselves.

Homelessness – 1. A type of perpetual partying without responsibilities. 2. Something we can all agree upon: that they deserve it. 3. A necessary function of saving up for Nuclear Submarines.

Hope – A type of toxin once ingested causes prolonged illness.

Housing – 1. Rarer than sanity. 2. Punishment system for being human. 3. 10+ year wait list just to get the real-deal ghetto experience.

 

I

Ice – Agile entrepreneurship.

I.D. – 1. The slaver’s whip. 2. A game of chess where you have nothing but pawns. 3. A hollow gesture as everyone is already on the kill-list anyway.

Interagency – A nexus of poor communication, Cowboys and buck-passers.

Interagency Meeting – 1. A communal mourning. 2. A place to hide from solutions. 3. Something to avoid in order to communicate your healthy competitive spirit.

 

J

Juvenile – A term used to describe a young person that is yet to be broken by the system.

Juvenile Detention – Often called ‘Juvi’, can be used as a cultural rite-of-passage and education-centre for greater crime productivity.

Justice – 1. Modern front of the invasion. 2. A tedious ritual manipulation of Magistrates using advocacy letters, only to result in more Enabling.

 

K

Keys – Object enabling client to ditch the youth worker.

Knowledge – Deficit to be filled by youth worker, much to the friction of the client.

 

L

Landlord – 1. Profiteer of invasion. 2. The blood enemy of Teenagers.

Liability – 1. A convenient excuse not to do work somewhere. 2. Formalised Contempt for human life.

Literacy – The ability to endure Centrelink forms.

Lease – A most sacred holy religious text that inevitably bears desecration.

LGBTQUIA – Interpretative dance performed by youth workers that emotes marketable meaning, similar to Compassion.

Life – 1. An inconvenient by-product of Sex, for which Contempt has no recourse other than to develop Policy for. 2. Awaiting a CRN.

Life-Skills – Same function as Budgeting.

Like – A precursor for destruction.

Link2Home – An ordeal that involves dropping everything only to listen to bad hold music for hours. Homeless client may or may not end up in a motel. Good luck.

Love – A reliable time-bomb.

 

M

Make A Difference – An agitated, frothing-at-the-mouth state that youth workers can suffer from time to time. Seek medical treatment immediately.

Manager – 1. Award and recognition aggregator. 2. Unit that survives defunding. 3. The cosmic motivational force behind the essential emergence and manifestation of Case Notes. 4. A potentially supportive person whom protects the youth worker from Burnout.

Mandatory Reporter – Betray the confidence of the client to achieve nothing.

Mandatory Reporters Helpline – Community Services Greatest Hits.

Mediation – Either something that doesn’t happen, or something that buys a little time before certain cataclysm.

Mental Health – 1. A type of red fish that produces denial of the real causal factors and provides welfare to pharmaceutical corporations. 2. A slough of Awareness.

Mentor – Various types of mental-rubbish passed on through a haze of nostalgia.

Minister – Vulnerable disadvantaged soul that must be shown care and compassion.

Mobile Phone – 1. Tracking and surveillance device used against clients and youth workers equally. See: Compliance. 2. A thing to be lost, broken or stolen; without fixed number. 3. Rent and food can wait.

Motivation – 1. Synonym for trickle-down economics. 2. Polite use of the term Compliance. 3. A mandated beautific benevolence that exudes forth in righteousness from youth workers. 4. A device of client-blame.

MOU – A self-congratulatory document enshrining nepotism.

 

N

Neglect – 1. Primary element magnetically attracted to youth workers. 2. Necessity in order to create dividends for the shareholders. 3. The only honesty of Drugs. 4. Pre-requisite conditioning for criminality. 5. Greatest mood killer when having a wine with friends.

Negligence – 1. Employment transience. 2. A paranoid fear that annihilates sleep. 3. Device used to criticise other youth workers in ego wars.

Night – When all youth work is undone.

Nuclear Submarines – Austerity program that the Homeless can make a special contribution to.

 

O

On Track – Cliché deployed to serve smugness, often without evidence of Outcomes. See: Cowboy.

Open Case – A type of chess move where the youth worker corners Community Services into losing major pieces.

Open-ended Questioning – Convincing the client of one thing when the youth worker does another.

Operational Costs – No. You still can’t have a pay rise.

Outcome – 1. A point in time where a case can be dropped or palmed off. 2. A carefully constructed lie. 3. A mirage that appears larger than it actually is. 4. A checkbox of relief.

 

P

Parent – 1. A honey-pot for blame, particularly for Teachers. 2. One who did not plan to be one. 3. The blood enemy of clients.

Party – Usually an increase in the youth worker’s workload.

Passion – Entry-level state of youth work.

Pay, My / Paid, I Got – A brief interlude in the opera.

PCYC – Often a venue for Group Activity.

Privacy – 1. A thing that does not exist, much like Santa Clause. 2. A rehearsed theatre piece designed to settle paranoid anxious clients.

Privatisation – Continuation of governmental Contempt for human life.

Program – 1. Ongoing comedy provided by government that bears little resemblance to frontline conditions. 2. Arbitrarily moving goal-posts that communities must endure in order to be a team player and show support for the Minister. 3. A monied statement by government to say “We’re doing something about it” when they are not. 4. Small gnawed-upon chicken bones that Service Providers scramble over.

Prostitution – Young person can tragically become payment in lieu of money for Drugs.

Police – 1. Clients use this to avoid looking at their own problems. 2. A presence that is used to provoke clients into violence when ordinarily nothing much would have happened. 3. Worn out individuals whom have seen too much and lost the ability to relate to anyone who isn’t Police.

Policy – Do as I say not as I do, etc. etc.

Power – As opposed to Outcomes, is what gets the money.

 

Q

Qualification – 1. Something absent. 2. Something neglected. 3. Something put to disastrous use.

Question – A precursor to writing whatever is desired on the youth work assessment paperwork.

Quiet – Antonym of Camp.

 

R

Racism – a type of spectator sport, a void that commentary fills.

Rapport – Sales pitch campaign produced by the youth worker to ensure a high rate of conversion; namely, clients are ’empowered’ to achieve Outcomes so that Funding continues.

Real Estate Agent – Often the embodiment of Contempt.

Realistic – Do as little as possible.

Reconciliation – Word used in avoidance of Treaty.

Recovery – Indicator for youth workers to go slow and lazy with a case.

Risk of Significant Harm – An enumerated statistic that cues Community Services to do as little as possible.

Rod, The – License to party while telling the youth worker “Yes, I’m finally sorting out my life”.

Rural/Regional/Remote – Proportional penalty for lifestyle-choices.

 

S

Safety Plan – Traditional dance performed by Community Services that ritualistically preludes the inevitable breakdown of the situation.

Service Area – 1. Geolocation of dealer’s network. 2. Passing the buck on bigger issues.

Service Provider – 1. A parasitic competitive entity that feeds upon outrageously small amount of money, with its primary function to further the careers of Managers. 2. A structure and process that efficiently reduces the welfare of its youth workers. 3. A disposable object that government can consequently use to shift responsibility to, as well as take credit for.

Self Actualisation – Illusion of liberty used to coax Engagement. See: Compliance.

Self-Harm – Tragic form of communication and Client self-control in a world out of control, often spoken about by teachers behind the young person’s back in a daunted manner.

Sex – 90% chance of babies.

Sex Education – 1. Conducted by internet pornography. 2. Almost nothing to do with healthy relationships.

Sexting / Sexual Harassment – An easy way for young people to get onto the Child-Sex-Offenders List. See also: Police and AVO.

Social Enterprise – 1. A train-wreck of bleeding hearts with zero business acumen. 2. A type of exploitation, for example incorporating Work For The Dole, that improves Service Provider branding. 3. Something that has as little to do with social as possible and is enterprising as much as possible.

Social Media – 1. Platform for improved continuity of bullying. 2. Home to lack of impulse-control that funds the surveillance economy. 3. A medium for youth workers to exercise awkward Awareness-raising. 4. See: Privacy.

Solidarity – A thing totally devoid of fun, hence abhorred like disease.

Strengths-Based – The bar is pretty low.

Suicide – 1. A subject all youth workers are obliged to educate everyone about. 2. Inevitable, regular, awkward, yet necessary conversations with clients.

Support – A method of sharing Trauma.

Survey – A type of song you’ve heard before, playing the same thing over and over.

 

T

TAFE – Slow lane for thorough humiliation, whipped by funding cuts and increasing fees.

Teacher – 1. A disempowered cog in the conformity machine. 2. Righteous punisher for any display of humanity. 3. Bleeding heart sop co-conspirator in the act of Enabling. 4. Someone deserving better training and support but goes without.

Teenager – A human phase of non-compliance to be lead into the salvation of conformity.

Tender 1. Brutal bureaucracy butchering basic benevolence. 2. Honey-pot for bad behaviour of Service Providers, preventing any meaningful collaboration between funding-cycles.

Trauma – 1. Completely common and ordinary state of things. 2. Raw ore used by Service Providers to maintain viability. 3. The uniform of slavery. 4. Heavy emotions sponged up vicariously by youth workers to keep them disempowered. See: Compliance and Career.

Treaty – A void, guarded by a white dog that barks constant insult to history and reality.

Tutor – Someone who is never available or impossible to organise.

 

U

Understanding – A type of mirage one sees in the desert.

Unemployment – Take any given publicly announced percentage, multiply by two.

University – Sales pitch to clients to aim for debt.

Ute – 1. Removalist tool of the poor. 2. Always a mate with one that never shows up.

 

V

Violence (Domestic / Family) – 1. Doesn’t exist as we all know best, and that is that teenagers need to grow up, go back home, and pull their socks up. 2. Often the end-point of an unplanned absence of Drugs. 3. The unfortunate death-throes of illegitimate authority.

 

W

Wages – You think you can do better elsewhere? Just try.

Welcome To Country / Acknowledgement Of Country – A genuine ritual of respect for Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people used for meetings and ceremonies, particular to the Country in question; however sometimes used by white people to tick a box, feel good about themselves and ignore serious issues.

Welfare – A tar brush that paints shame while being the main thing keeping the economy going.

Well-Being – See: Compliance.

Well-Dressed People Getting Out of a Car – Quick hide! They are going to steal my baby!

Work Placement – Opportunity for client to embarrass the youth worker forever ruining any future opportunities with the target organisation.

Work For The Dole – 1. Neo-convicts appropriately punished and prevented from doing meaningful work or training. 2. A type of Program designed to make the Service Provider look good while herding quasi-slavery. 3. Putting young people to hard labour fixes them.

Work/Life Balance – An opportunity to finally make sure that balance does not get in the way of work/life.

Worry – A form of personality distortion that consumes the youth worker like the eternal flame while the client carries on conducting their trail of destruction.

 

X

X-Box – Deferment of feeling Trauma.

 

Y

Youth / Young Person – 1. Non-constituient demographic ignored during Elections. 2. Future tax payers to fund the welfare of the middle and upper classes. 3. Primary locus for Youth Workers to raise Awareness for.

Youth Worker – 1. A role that adults take on to play out their unresolved hero-complex and thus reach Burnout in 2-3 years. 2. Someone who lacks professional training, lacks professional-level wages, and much to the terror of young people loves them. 3. A complete bore at gatherings and on social media. 4. The magical ‘fixer’ that parents have long sought. 5. Bubbly exciting extrovert that conducts pleasing engagement activities for young people in order to hide from addressing serious issues. 6. Vicarious Trauma sponge, reliving childhood oppression in the name of Making a Difference. 7. One who holds many fingers in an increasing amount of holes in the dam wall, while a tsunami casually pours over the top.

 

Z

Zoo – See: Caseload and Service Area.

 

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Forming Storms

Enough.
Enslavement no longer acceptable
Bring this subordination to light
A pledge against mindless conformity
Unquestionable entitlement dethroned
End the suffrage of servitude to perpetual war
Refuse to feed the data
Resist building the robots
Throw up the pleasant sedatives
Delete the accounts
Look within to the power feared
Activate, give voice, mobilise
Think with the heart.

As the towers collapse
Our humid rage storms
Anyway that we can
The new world form.

 

Forming Storms

Grow Up Be An Adult

Grow up, be an adult and put on a serious face.
Grow up, be an adult and talk tough when it really matters.
Grow up, be an adult and have the courage to take a hard line.
Grow up, be an adult and get those kids competing so they’re ready for the world.
Grow up, be an adult and tighten the belt, work harder and longer.
Grow up, be an adult and exclude those who can’t play by the rules.
Grow up, be an adult and build fortresses around that bottom line.
Grow up, be an adult and play the system to avoid tax, cheat, get ahead, build power.
Grow up, be an adult and swim like a pig through the river of cash.
Grow up, be an adult and keep an iron lid on the feminine, poor people, anything not normal.
Grow up, be an adult and erect cartels that relentlessly and undemocratically impose austerity.
Grow up, be an adult and tighten the screws, hammer harder, enumerate statistics.
Grow up, be an adult and grind out any dreaming or creativity left.
Grow up, be an adult and roll over yawning as fascism becomes fashion.
Grow up, be an adult and tut-tut real resistance as talking-out-of-turn.
Grow up, be an adult and quickly co-opt anything decent and turn it against itself.
Grow up, be an adult and flash your erudite hubris as mental rape.
Grow up, be an adult and creep the scope.
Grow up, be an adult and keep matters operational.
Grow up, be an adult and let those robots do the killing.

 

Because drones.

Meditations on Mercury

“Don’t shoot the messenger!”

Truth can be a bitter pill,
But look for the broadest perspective
Of how it brings justice.

It’s ok not to have an opinion on everything.
Ok not say anything.
Ok to keep learning.

Being ‘right’ is not the most important thing.

Just because a teaching appears impure,
Doesn’t mean it should be entirely discarded.
Pearls are there.

If attacking the old dysfunctional ways fatigues,
Then instead create the new.
Ideas born are magnets.

The Light is carried by special resonances,
And sharing that is joy.

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Reclaim Yourself

NOTE: The following analysis was written late last year, November 2015. Therefore, much of it will not be ‘current’, although a large portion of the issues seem to linger with us. At the time, I hesitated publishing due to having second thoughts about the quality of the prose. It is a long piece of writing, prose isn’t one of my strong points (too poetical), and there are others out there already tackling such subjects with superior sharpness and journalistic vitality. However, the recent death of Omid and a drunk bogan party next door last night was enough to muster the rage to publish the following, if anything for to preserve the legacy of the argument and get the matter off the chest.


They say, “Reclaim Australia”. But reclaim what exactly?

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It is now tempting to start any piece of writing with an urgent proclamation that people need to wake up, and wake up quickly. This of course runs the immediate risk of appearing as a repetitious bore and having no one take the argument seriously. “Why bother writing anything then?” This self-pre-emptive censoring aborts all too many useful communications. However, knowing the urgency of a problem and not doing anything about it only adds to the problem. This problem needs urgent counterattack.

Wake up. Act. Or sleepwalk into oppression.

To bring this urgency into focus it is useful to lens onto certain issues and weave them together into a disquieting whole. Only then once the ghastly and tragic canvass can be sized up, and once the horror and despondency passes – a debate about what can be done can commence on a meaningful level as partially-empowered Australians.

On that national note, this is where the lens is first placed: an ugly noise clangs across our senses daily, inevitably revealing the demented signal of racism lurking in the shadows. That the weed of racism occasionally runs rampant in Australia is nothing new – but its current intoxicant comes at a time when it serves as a convenient pawn to a larger chilling game; much more insidiously than in decades past where the play for power via the race-card was apparently blunt.

What is new is that racism is now a social media spectator sport. It is a mind-bog for Australians to become swamped in, while the real poisons against the common-good are gulped down with barely more than a sideways glance. It’s an enticing prospect: in one corner you have those ensnared in obvious ignorance, closed-mindedness and carefully guarded fear; in the other corner you have those with a claim to intelligence and empathy, that either go-through-the-motions of different forms of mental counterattack, or just expressing their disapproval by hitting the requisite Like button. At best this can turn into robust discussion and at worst violence. In concept, these are tensions that Australians have been playing out for decades, only now they are paraded in the public electronic discourse. However, no matter whether or not online rashes of concentrated stupid are healed, the entire pastime remains a suitable distraction from a very disturbing pattern designed to oppress all of us, irrespective of what corner of the race-debate you activity or inactively care to take up. The core subordination is largely dished out with ‘equality’, save for the few in the power-class.

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The recent Reclaim Australia cacophony (along with several other similar clangs) serves as a clear example of such wasted energy, a tension exemplified in the recent campaign against the establishment of a Mosque in Bendigo. Protests were had, as there were counter-protests, all with a grubby under-tone of violence threatening to be unleashed. The cultural significance of this clash is similar to a contemporary phenomena in Australia: both sides were active in their social media rhetoric, keenly hoping for the symbolism of their act to be culturally mass-affirmed by a flood of Likes. This was no Cronulla Race Riot, which was a mass-spasm expression vomited up by meatheads in a climate of fear – the recent Mosque protests were, for a brief moment, yet another embodiment of our need to appear ‘in the right‘ reflexively on ‘the issues that matter‘. Other similar moments have produced the same phenomenal noise. While racism can never not have a suitable counterattack, this entanglement in the symbolism of things is a missed opportunity for public debate to focus upon something that deeply, urgently matters.

PineGap-sign

If Reclaim Australia, and its passionate antithesis, wanted to have a raging robust discussion about something, they could very well used the fire in the belly to protest whether or not they should tear down a real church of evil in Australia: the US Military Base at Pine Gap. These days, particularly since the Snowden disclosures on mass surveillance, anyone doing any amount of unbiased research will find plenty of reasons to raise urgent questions about Australia still having Pine Gap. Not only has it been well known for a long time that it plays a key role in coordinating missile telemetry for strikes in wars we have no part in deciding what death is dished out; it is also an integral part in the Five Eyes global citizenry surveillance program – an all-seeing privacy-destroyer that holds everyone who uses the internet as a data-identity. That data-identity can at any time be easily transferred to a watch-list that the Surveillance State uses to build a stratagem of oppression, should any given citizen all of sudden is deemed to be unfavourable. It has also been recently revealed there is a massive bureaucratic machinery that uses surveillance information to work through a kill-list, often executed by unmanned drones. It is now a well known fact that the death toll of innocent lives in ongoing wars, missile strikes, and drone strikes, has grown to criminal levels. If it hasn’t been confirmed already, it is highly likely that Pine Gap is an essential part of this drone system.

Why should this US Base, with the macabre totalitarian power it helps to uphold, have a place upon Australian sovereign soil is a question that we have not collectively addressed adequately since the Whitlam years. Why should Australian citizens continue to allow this tool of chaos that crushes innocent life to exist? Why do we publicly celebrate our nation-hood while this fundamental corruption of our national self-determination mocks us? What of our ‘Aussie Pride‘ when we are no better than a subservient dog to American military-adventurism that uses war as its first-order tactic in establishing self-serving trade relations. In jumping in quick to proudly click Like on whatever camp we decide to take for or against Aussie Racism, the genuine discussion about really reclaiming Australia from the grip of US Interests sadly is relegated to the pastime of those who are likely to be labelled as boring (or conspiracy nuts). As long as people look cool and belong on social media while the government casually decides to drop a stack of bombs overseas somewhere, you’re ok, right?

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The re-emergence of Pauline Hanson seems to be in clockwork-sync with the aforementioned race-rash. Her anti-Islam platform spews forth to preoccupy us with yet another convenient distraction, a honey-pot irresistible and sticky for the ‘ignorant’ and ‘intelligently compassionate’ in equal measure. But really, she is only a crude player of the race card compared to other more entrenched pot-stirrers in print and radio that the masses can’t seem to break the collective addiction to. At the core these examples often have an undertone of blaming any given demonised race for local social and economic issues. This is the slight-of-hand that makes people settle for a dud argument – blame someone you don’t understand; rather than make the effort to find out what is really going on. And what is really going on? Global trade deals that screw everyone over except the elite at the corporate feed-lot. This boring point is tragically not seen as terrifying, even when recent Pacific Trade deals look to make this a whole lot worse. It’s just plain easier on the brain to say that “Pauline is a racist”, or “Murdoch is heartless”, and be done with it.

Memory takes effort to keep in check. It’s a certain effort to remember all the boring changes we’ve had that strip Australians of liberties, that also strip the courts of fair process and increase arbitrary power to state and powerful private interest. The recent anti-terrorism proposals to increase state power over juveniles is just the latest in a deplorable line of legislation that allows for human beings to be caught in the jaws of hell. Anyone who works in high schools will tell you that most teenagers are ‘terrorists’; yet, joking aside, no one wants to look at researching the nexus of potentially good parenting, society and culture that helps iron out all those teenage crinkles with care (let alone putting meaningful funding towards a solution). No, political points have to be won, and teenagers, like any vulnerable minority group, are an easy target. Never mind that suicide kills way more Australians than terrorism by a staggering amount, and that it is likely that many suicides are preventable if there was not so much economic inequality as there increasingly is. It seems the political approach to this is to hammer-harder; where, on this slippery-slope, it is only a matter of time before you too will be poor and demonised for your non-viability. Maybe you’ll develop serious mental health problems from the stress, become detached from reality, get a gun, murder innocent people, and then be used as yet another excuse to increase state power. Or maybe you’ll sit meekly with a smart phone hoping the Like button will change the world.

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Racial, ethnic or religious oppression is a mere superficiality compared to the real class oppression – race just can be on occasion a convenient justification ticket for power to flex its muscle to do the deep harm against the thing that it fears: true humanity, true empowered citizenry.

Racism is largely a horizontal issue, citizen against citizen. More attention must be put on vertical issues: the power-class against citizenry.

This is not to say that Australians need to forget about solving our lingering colonial detritus of racism. Absolutely, there are some very deep wounds that need collective healing: look no further than the hard facts of the ongoing plight of our First Australians. But to let racism set the public agenda so it can be used as a consuming parade of our #DoingGood is to let it drown out time that could be better spent on discussing such things as: why the government is so seemingly arbitrary about picking which Australian citizens will and will not get diplomatic consular assistance; why is there mass surveillance of all Australians, including legislated mandatory metadata retention, without a warrant; why there is Australian executive arbitrary power, often completely without mandate, exercised in the name of global economic tyranny that has no true value toward the common-good; and so on in such a boring manner. Perhaps if just courses of action were taken with those sort of urgent issues then the racism problem would enjoy fairer conditions for working towards a more humane solution.

If there are any broad dots to join here it is that there is a long established power-class, with its roots enmeshed in US global power; via its many arms of state, corporate, cultural, and private influence that takes rulership over any lower nation-state such as our own. This perhaps is old news, but we now have unprecedented evidence of it. Evidence that cannot be argued against. It’s a grim picture: The great south land may be nothing more than a cog in a monstrous machine, and the cultural self-esteem is not collectively strong enough in the heart to stand-up for what is truly right, unlike some other less-well-off countries.

DUTTON MORRISON PRESSER

Also, Australia’s ongoing racism-rash is actually statistically trivial to the monumental racial and nationalistic tensions that other regions face, such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Australia faces a minute fraction of this pressure, but perhaps has a Europe-sized fear. So why the big fuss? A lack of a sense of proportion? The power masters seem happy enough with the current Australian State compliance, why all the noise over a relatively small amount of asylum seekers? Surely this is a straightforward matter that wouldn’t get in the road of the US-geopolitical narrative? A little lateral cheeky thinking affords countless interesting solutions, just one for fun: there’s enough private wealth with Australian baby-boomers alone that could establish an efficient immigrant community development program that could settle all detained refugees in places with appropriate servicing promoting all sorts of meaningful engagement. Instead, there is a pass-the-buck gulag of cruelty that is a human-rights catastrophe. Surely, to humour the above scallywag suggestion further, the hundreds of children and their families in abhorrent detention could easily bunk-up with some rich baby-boomer retirees, that affluent sub-class whom dwell (and sometimes not) in their mostly-empty mansions. Surely we can sneak the refugees in without the overlords noticing too much?

The truth is that they will notice. Because if the citizenry learns how to treat refugees right, then it will have the capacity and likelihood it will also treat its most disadvantaged citizens right as well. This they will not tolerate because a mass of empowered citizens are less likely to be mindless consumer slaves to the globalised machinery of horror. Homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, family violence, drug culture and trash culture is the expanding set of statistics and cultural shifts that are the manifestation of the programme of free-market corporate totalitarianism – the unfortunates rots at the bottom, powerless. In this state of festering, ignorance blooms like algae, creating a suitable micro-climates for racial tension. Stressed communities can’t think straight, can’t feel empathically. And the power-class is all too happy to have them buzzing around with racism, for it serves as a perfect red herring for reciprocal intellectuals and bleeding-hearts to get bogged down in corrections of ‘values’ and ‘symbols’. Hell continues.

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This is the real tragedy for progressive evolution: that such brain-capable talent goes wasted on so many pithy cracks in ignorant dams. Again it must be stated that this is no apology for ignorance, yet larger battle fronts are desperately needing critical-mass-attention before any means of reasonable resistance is beyond reach.

But whatevz. So boring. tl;dr. Hurrah for the social-justice heroes and their Like buttons. As long as you look good while you unconsciously slide into poverty and oppression. “At least we’re not as bad off as those other people overseas” or any such logical fallacy. Lucky and stupid. Who cares about technological scope-creep, concentration camps, nuclear proliferation, excessive militarisation, planetary destruction, or slavery to corporate plutocracy? At least a head in the sand is sorta warm and cosy. For a while anyway.

Perhaps even one day it will be too late before you see that murder drone hovering over your neighbourhood, or worse: some sort of robot that soullessly makes an algorithmic decision to enumerate the cessation of your existence on some secret collateral damage list. At least it will be an end to having to put up with boring writing like this.

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Boring hard work, the banal real work for the common-good, is in need of people to wake up and step up as mental warriors, fighting dire problems in the spirit of substance rather than style. Effective mental warfare, with its foundation of true unity and wisdom, can prevent physical warfare. The will-for-good via an aspiring compassion can lead thinkers to indulge in lip-service rather than actually putting themselves to the task. History shows this to be a well understood risk– countless good people let Europe stew until the Nazis started the holocaust, inhumanely slaughtering over six million humans in death camps. Failure of robust intellectual and empathetical reckoning to solve Europe’s industrialisation problems lead to a toxic dance of death with totalitarian nationalism. Good people went quiet, talent wasted for possibly preventing an atrocity. Or worse: some went over to the dark side – the most sinister oppression is the one that is willing opted into. It has been forgotten that this is what ‘lest we forget‘ means.

Any sober surveying at the world’s current situation will see dark global parallels to the above; that is, if one dares to look. Contrariwise, there is a similar opportunity provide meaningful counterattack. To do so is to entertain what is being avoided: embrace the boring.

So, for anyone who has read this far, the pressing question becomes this: how do we really do something good? How do we as ‘little Australians‘ do anything meaningful in the face of such overreaching inhumane totalising power? How do we move beyond our little blue and white prison?

Can we reclaim Australia? Reclaim the world?

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Start to look for the light where true unity and wisdom seek expression. Fortunately, thanks to the amazing courage of some journalists, publishers, leakers and whistleblowers, there exists ways to find out what is really going on – yet, it wouldn’t necessarily be the job of those people to build the Progressive Evolution 101 Handbook for us (although some of their insights would be useful). This is why there must be mindfulness given to meaningful robust discussion about what to do in the face of such terrible revelations: and importantly the word discussion implies collective work of the citizenry. And then action. Action with constant refinement. There is a wealth of worthy perspectives out there, both ancient and modern, that can help to shape this process. It is time to creatively bring them all together in a common efficient language to fight against oppression.

Courage is needed to step up to make the necessary mistakes to eventually get it right. Slumber must transform into creative-being to address urgent problems. It must happen – how long before before people know enough to cross the threshold? Yes, of course, we all have lives to live and roles to undertake: but there are countless opportunities for unexpected creativity to build common good.

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A good example of this is the academic: usually someone clearly gifted in the power of discernment, but due to lacking the required fire in the heart and being cursed with a fat pay-check, the ‘role’ becomes like an old stone; discernment is replaced with unthinking conformity with whatever fashionable rhetoric is doing the rounds. Another lost opportunity. A useless counter-argument would be to put forward that they should just quit their job, be puritanical and join the required activist syndicate. Or another argument could be just getting irate at them for ‘being part of the problem’. A better counter-argument for the academic would be to realise that any system, including academia, can be bent to find margins of freedom where some contribution can be made. Anything of true substance counts, no matter how small the margin.

As it is so for anyone stuck in any role anywhere: when the distractions are no longer indulged in, time and energy are freed for creative action. Surprising results are possible. Regardless of what sort of relative genuine service to the common-good can be offered (anything and everything from analysis to art), it provides a genuine meaning to existing.

Again, it needs to be stressed that no argument here assumes that ‘waking up‘ entails placing unreasonable demands on individual people. Life is hard enough sometimes, and any drill-sergeant barking that you’ve got to try harder isn’t helpful, no matter what subtle form that takes. Waking up, making a contribution where and however possible, is the crossing of the threshold that so many with brilliant potential could easily strive for. This must become a bigger cultural movement of service and substance – not at the unreasonable expense of individuals. It never works to criticise individuals as a method to improve their ability to contribute, just as much as there is no need to self-punish or punish individual disempowered citizens as a method for creating a better world. There are families to feed, bills to pay, mortgages to remain entangled in, and so on.

What is utterly critical in these times is that service be efficient and fight the battles most pressing and important. And what is most pressing and important is nearly always what the power-class does not want the citizenry thinking about.

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If we cannot have true sovereignty as Australians, we are still free to aim to have sovereignty of mind and heart. Many of the old collective cultural habits will no longer do. What death-cults are being needlessly held over-tight – who are so pure they can cast stones?

Self-appointed gurus lead to cult members with empty pockets. Celebrities inspire with talent or opinion, but it would be unwise to invest hope in them that they can change the world. Addiction to the ‘power of personal stories‘ (very scripted and polished yarns) only lead citizens to blaming themselves for being human, thus unfocused on creating system-change. Too many sheep wanting to be lions. Neither suffices when people can be a human. With a few technical exceptions, the use of “I” must be seen as toxic in the task of refining the best ideas for service to the common-good. Personality in the public sphere is either an element of deliberate confusion or smear. Stars don’t make the world, they are a product of it. Equally so, a charming well-spoken politician does not make destructive racist policy great. Engage the ideas, not the person.

The major political parties have sold out on their old ideologies and replaced them managerialism requiring mindless unquestioning toeing of the arbitrary line. Right becomes wrong and left becomes right.” Terms become abused and useless. Unthinking participation in the political system is to invite it to destroy you. Just as bad is unthinking support for minor parties no matter what their colour. Traditional media is no longer necessary to inform what policy is available – just a little active searching can show where gems are available, so that people can engage with the ideas directly and think about it for themselves. Group-think or herd-behaviour can be such an impediment shrouded in conformity, whether it is heady-hubris without heart, or intense feeling adverse to discerning acuity. There must be a cultivation of consciousness development that mindfully separates the instinct for belonging from the need to critically think with empathy. Sovereignty of mind and heart – the boring work.

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If thought is given to what’s worth reclaiming, it may lead to this: reclaim personal privacy as sacred, while demanding more transparency from governments and corporations. Sleepwalking into the arms of malicious technological giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, exposes a liability for mindlessness in giving away what is precious and special. Of course, there is a developing set of measures one can take to ensure privacy, but it is fundamentally wrong that people should have to do this in the first place. Watch the interchange of terms: debate will labelled as dissent, dissent as radicalisation, radicalisation as criminalisation, and anything as terrorism. No valid questioning will be tolerated, unless of course 100% of people want their reality to be completely filled with ‘safe’ and saccharine personal sentiment. To be human is to be constantly working on your own contradictions and hypocrisies, trying to serve the common-good – this is a private process for a good reason: our fallibilities are not subject to the malediction of state or corporate power. Personal yet publicised Likes against racism may give the warm-fuzzies, but are likely to be used against people if things get worse. Different, more-impactful ways, that don’t rely on personalities, are needed to strike back against the conditions that cultivate racism in the first place.

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And yet, despondency and depression may ascend to rulership. “What can I do, I’m just a nobody?” Give the matter enough reflection so a practical and unique answer will come. In our noisy world, take a moment to quietly look within (whatever that means to people) and, past the fear, some clues may emerge. There is no need to be a superhero. Many people at different times in their lives will come into situations where they are close to a power-structure, or close to those in a class that wields influence. The temptation can be to unleash hate and separatism; but a better way might be an intelligent tactical adversarial inclusive strategy, patiently using human unity to foster serious debate. To completely challenge bad ideas while still maintaining collegiate friendship is a real possibility. For the majority of Australians lucky enough to have employment, this provides a meaningful front to tactfully achieve relative good. Any case of those in power no longer being under the influence of bad ideas is a win that contributes to the whole. All these quiet achievements add up. The power-holders are the nodes in the system – once each is changed for the better a real momentum begins where the citizenry then has a platform to push back against inhuman power. Numerous progressive achievements for the common-good have silently come into being partly through this very method.

If there is a part to play with substance, then play it.

 

Dictionary of Youth Work

A

Administration – Anything in a tardy, incomplete and deferred state.

Advocacy – A type of eloquent rage.

Anxiety – Side effect of Compliance.

Assessment – A circus act that involves putting a young person in a box, upon which the crowd cheers.

ATSI – Statistical unit used to performatively show seriousness and integrity.

Audit – The meaning of life.

AVO – Big red nuclear weapon button that says Don’t Press Me.

Awareness – Unknown, except that if it is not raising, then people are in big trouble.

 

B

BBQ – I’ve got no idea what to do.

Beds, Number of – A number always smaller than the number of humans on hand.

Behaviour – 1. Scientific measurement used to justify penalising students for having complex lives. 2. Word used by youth workers to demonstrate effortless authority.

Benefit – Ordinary slavery.

Brokerage – That feeling of guilt associated with the expiration of program funds for the purpose of enabling bad Client behaviour in the name of nursing the Youth Worker’s inner child.

Budgeting – A way for a youth worker to easily humiliate a client while achieving nothing.

Bullying – 1. Transference of Trauma. 2. A large imaginary monster created by Anxiety. 3. Something used by Awareness and Ministers to improve public profile.

Burnout – Standard operational procedures.

 

C

CALD – See: ATSI.

Camp – A least some idea of what to do, but not quite enough.

Career – The entropy of all continuity.

Case Load – Same problems, different people, all year, every year.

Case Management – 1. Rhetoric used to bully other Service Providers in the fair-game competition for money. 2. A coded sequence of words that keeps managers at bay.

Case Notes – A litany of woe that cannot be leaked due to public disinterest.

Case Plan – An embarrassment that is forgotten as much as possible.

Centrelink – Most holy of sacred sites where the community gathers to help keep the economy going.

Client – 1. A unit of non-compliance that is a managed impediment to the getting of money. 2. Something easy to blame for things going wrong. 3. A vessel of fault for its own problems.

Clients – 1. A number to be counted in order to justify the getting of money. 2. If low in number, it is used by a manger to obliterate employment; if high in number, it is used by youth worker to brag.

Client Centred Service – No, I’m not going to talk to you.

Chapter 16A – Yes, you are going to talk to me.

Charity – 1. An unsustainable way of holding a community together. 2. The only way that community is held together. 3. See: Defunded.

Child-Sex-Offenders List – A list of sick monsters or scapegoats, that possibly half of a Case Load lives with or associates with – which Community Services does as little as possible about.

Conference – An opportunity to waste time listening to well educated people pretending to know what they are talking about and wanting desperately to appear as compassionate. Usually enough hubris to cause vomit.

Community Services – A club with rules: expensive clothes and avoidant behaviour.

Compassion – An element of branding the Service Provider.

Compliance – Good boy/girl etc.

Consent – 1. An empty ritual that preludes avoidance of whatever is written and agreed upon in the Case Plan. 2. Something that the client forgets and the youth worker takes constant liberty of.

Consortium – A type of fish that is impossible to pick up.

Contempt – 1. See: Minister. 2. What all humanity deserves.

Contract – A form of institutionalised bullying.

Cool – A sin that must not be practiced by youth workers, otherwise they will forfeit all credibility.

Country – Also seen as ‘Land’. Unfortunately yet to have impact on the unreasonableness of Landlords and Real Estate Agents.

Counsellor – At best, something therapeutically beneficial after much shopping by the Client; at worst, a process of re-living Trauma only to walk away empty handed.

Cowboy – A type of Youth Worker that does it his way, climbing the greasy pole of local power and being in favour with the Minister, etc. etc. Often the darling of local media. Entraps Disengaged Young People in dubious schemes that lead nowhere.

Credit – Clients are able to forgo food regularly, but Credit is a wellspring that the Youth Worker must endlessly provide.

Crime – Unmediated democratic expression.

CRN – Personalised dog collar.

 

D

Defunded – A necessary and prudent end to the age of entitlement.

Delinquent – Word used to signify the speaker’s well respected nobility.

Depression – A shared dirge between clients and youth workers.

Disengagement – Ordinary modus operandi of Teenagers, treated as apostasy.

Diet – Noodles, pizza and Drugs.

Drugs – Vector of honesty collapse.

 

E

Early Intervention – 1. Words expressed in order to manage feelings around taking the children away. 2. Words expressed to justify doing less gritty work. 3. Highly effective marketing in order to maximised brand penetration. 4. Group activities designed to make workers feel good about themselves.

Education – 1. Machinery used to destroy Goals. 2. See: Compliance.

Election – A build-up of gasses that increases false-hope, only to deflate as a fart.

Elders – Never ending source of ideas and opinions about what to do, where, with whom, how and why. Possible resource if ideas have reduced to BBQ, unless of course they want BBQ.

Employment – Exploit young people for cheap labour, then dump them when they are older because the law says you have to pay them more.

Employment Service Provider – Treadmill of humiliation for clients and highly lucrative ventures for Service Providers.

Enabling – The extent that any youth work is effective.

Engagement – Subordination of client to passive and controllable state.

Evaluation – Intensely clever usage of words and numbers that effectively convince managers that it was their idea all along and without them nothing would have happened.

Expo – Day off from Hell.

 

F

Facilitation – A masquerade of noble behaviour concealing routine Enabling.

Family Court – Slow motion torture.

Food – 1. For some clients it is an irregular event, which must be met with desperate gorging. 2. Something that it a precursor to concentration, which Teachers, School, and Parents overly focussed on Behaviour fail to understand.

Funding – 1. No. You cannot get a pay rise. 2. An instrument of perpetual fear in ever-reducing cycles of potential defunding (see Defunded). 3. Election bait.

 

G

Gap, Closing The – Long-form insult.

Goals 1. Aspirations that rely upon the denial of reality. 2. An opportune chance to express dreary routine dreams and socially acceptable fantasies. 3. A disastrous and fertile ground for wayward sporting and coaching analogies.

GP – 1. Last person to see about Suicide. 2. Often the only person to see about Suicide.

Grant – A thing no one has time for.

Grog – Economic lubricant.

Group Activity – A precision method for neglecting individual needs.

 

H

Health and Wellbeing – A cosmetic glow applied to clients, as if by magic.

Hell – See: Service Area

Help – Exactly what a youth worker provides to a young person when they need it themselves.

Homelessness – 1. A type of perpetual partying without responsibilities. 2. Something we can all agree upon: that they deserve it. 3. A necessary function of saving up for Nuclear Submarines.

Hope – A type of toxin once ingested causes prolonged illness.

Housing – 1. Rarer than sanity. 2. Punishment system for being human. 3. 10+ year wait list just to get the real-deal ghetto experience.

 

I

Ice – Agile entrepreneurship.

I.D. – 1. The slaver’s whip. 2. A game of chess where you have nothing but pawns. 3. A hollow gesture as everyone is already on the kill-list anyway.

Interagency – A nexus of poor communication, Cowboys and buck-passers.

Interagency Meeting – 1. A communal mourning. 2. A place to hide from solutions. 3. Something to avoid in order to communicate your healthy competitive spirit.

 

J

Juvenile – A term used to describe a young person that is yet to be broken by the system.

Juvenile Detention – Often called ‘Juvi’, can be used as a cultural rite-of-passage and education-centre for greater crime productivity.

Justice – 1. Modern front of the invasion. 2. A tedious ritual manipulation of Magistrates using advocacy letters, only to result in more Enabling.

 

K

Keys – Object enabling client to ditch the youth worker.

Knowledge – Deficit to be filled by youth worker, much to the friction of the client.

 

L

Landlord – 1. Profiteer of invasion. 2. The blood enemy of Teenagers.

Liability – 1. A convenient excuse not to do work somewhere. 2. Formalised Contempt for human life.

Literacy – The ability to endure Centrelink forms.

Lease – A most sacred holy religious text that inevitably bears desecration.

LGBTQUIA – Interpretative dance performed by youth workers that emotes marketable meaning, similar to Compassion.

Life – 1. An inconvenient by-product of Sex, for which Contempt has no recourse other than to develop Policy for. 2. Awaiting a CRN.

Life-Skills – Same function as Budgeting.

Like – A precursor for destruction.

Link2Home – An ordeal that involves dropping everything only to listen to bad hold music for hours. Homeless client may or may not end up in a motel. Good luck.

Love – A reliable time-bomb.

 

M

Make A Difference – An agitated, frothing-at-the-mouth state that youth workers can suffer from time to time. Seek medical treatment immediately.

Manager – 1. Award and recognition aggregator. 2. Unit that survives defunding. 3. The cosmic motivational force behind the essential emergence and manifestation of Case Notes. 4. A potentially supportive person whom protects the youth worker from Burnout.

Mandatory Reporter – Betray the confidence of the client to achieve nothing.

Mandatory Reporters Helpline – Community Services Greatest Hits.

Mediation – Either something that doesn’t happen, or something that buys a little time before certain cataclysm.

Mental Health – 1. A type of red fish that produces denial of the real causal factors and provides welfare to pharmaceutical corporations. 2. A slough of Awareness.

Mentor – Various types of mental-rubbish passed on through a haze of nostalgia.

Minister – Vulnerable disadvantaged soul that must be shown care and compassion.

Mobile Phone – 1. Tracking and surveillance device used against clients and youth workers equally. See: Compliance. 2. A thing to be lost, broken or stolen; without fixed number. 3. Rent and food can wait.

Motivation – 1. Synonym for trickle-down economics. 2. Polite use of the term Compliance. 3. A mandated beautific benevolence that exudes forth in righteousness from youth workers. 4. A device of client-blame.

MOU – A self-congratulatory document enshrining nepotism.

 

N

Neglect – 1. Primary element magnetically attracted to youth workers. 2. Necessity in order to create dividends for the shareholders. 3. The only honesty of Drugs. 4. Pre-requisite conditioning for criminality. 5. Greatest mood killer when having a wine with friends.

Negligence – 1. Employment transience. 2. A paranoid fear that annihilates sleep. 3. Device used to criticise other youth workers in ego wars.

Night – When all youth work is undone.

Nuclear Submarines – Austerity program that the Homeless can make a special contribution to.

 

O

On Track – Cliché deployed to serve smugness, often without evidence of Outcomes. See: Cowboy.

Open Case – A type of chess move where the youth worker corners Community Services into losing major pieces.

Open-ended Questioning – Convincing the client of one thing when the youth worker does another.

Operational Costs – No. You still can’t have a pay rise.

Outcome – 1. A point in time where a case can be dropped or palmed off. 2. A carefully constructed lie. 3. A mirage that appears larger than it actually is. 4. A checkbox of relief.

 

P

Parent – 1. A honey-pot for blame, particularly for Teachers. 2. One who did not plan to be one. 3. The blood enemy of clients.

Party – Usually an increase in the youth worker’s workload.

Passion – Entry-level state of youth work.

Pay, My / Paid, I Got – A brief interlude in the opera.

PCYC – Often a venue for Group Activity.

Privacy – 1. A thing that does not exist, much like Santa Clause. 2. A rehearsed theatre piece designed to settle paranoid anxious clients.

Privatisation – Continuation of governmental Contempt for human life.

Program – 1. Ongoing comedy provided by government that bears little resemblance to frontline conditions. 2. Arbitrarily moving goal-posts that communities must endure in order to be a team player and show support for the Minister. 3. A monied statement by government to say “We’re doing something about it” when they are not. 4. Small gnawed-upon chicken bones that Service Providers scramble over.

Prostitution – Young person can tragically become payment in lieu of money for Drugs.

Police – 1. Clients use this to avoid looking at their own problems. 2. A presence that is used to provoke clients into violence when ordinarily nothing much would have happened. 3. Worn out individuals whom have seen too much and lost the ability to relate to anyone who isn’t Police.

Policy – Do as I say not as I do, etc. etc.

Power – As opposed to Outcomes, is what gets the money.

 

Q

Qualification – 1. Something absent. 2. Something neglected. 3. Something put to disastrous use.

Question – A precursor to writing whatever is desired on the youth work assessment paperwork.

Quiet – Antonym of Camp.

 

R

Racism – a type of spectator sport, a void that commentary fills.

Rapport – Sales pitch campaign produced by the youth worker to ensure a high rate of conversion; namely, clients are ’empowered’ to achieve Outcomes so that Funding continues.

Real Estate Agent – Often the embodiment of Contempt.

Realistic – Do as little as possible.

Reconciliation – Word used in avoidance of Treaty.

Recovery – Indicator for youth workers to go slow and lazy with a case.

Risk of Significant Harm – An enumerated statistic that cues Community Services to do as little as possible.

Rod, The – License to party while telling the youth worker “Yes, I’m finally sorting out my life”.

Rural/Regional/Remote – Proportional penalty for lifestyle-choices.

 

S

Safety Plan – Traditional dance performed by Community Services that ritualistically preludes the inevitable breakdown of the situation.

Service Area – 1. Geolocation of dealer’s network. 2. Passing the buck on bigger issues.

Service Provider – 1. A parasitic competitive entity that feeds upon outrageously small amount of money, with its primary function to further the careers of Managers. 2. A structure and process that efficiently reduces the welfare of its youth workers. 3. A disposable object that government can consequently use to shift responsibility to, as well as take credit for.

Self Actualisation – Illusion of liberty used to coax Engagement. See: Compliance.

Self-Harm – Tragic form of communication and Client self-control in a world out of control, often spoken about by teachers behind the young person’s back in a daunted manner.

Sex – 90% chance of babies.

Sex Education – 1. Conducted by internet pornography. 2. Almost nothing to do with healthy relationships.

Sexting / Sexual Harassment – An easy way for young people to get onto the Child-Sex-Offenders List. See also: Police and AVO.

Social Enterprise – 1. A train-wreck of bleeding hearts with zero business acumen. 2. A type of exploitation, for example incorporating Work For The Dole, that improves Service Provider branding. 3. Something that has as little to do with social as possible and is enterprising as much as possible.

Social Media – 1. Platform for improved continuity of bullying. 2. Home to lack of impulse-control that funds the surveillance economy. 3. A medium for youth workers to exercise awkward Awareness-raising. 4. See: Privacy.

Solidarity – A thing totally devoid of fun, hence abhorred like disease.

Strengths-Based – The bar is pretty low.

Suicide – 1. A subject all youth workers are obliged to educate everyone about. 2. Inevitable, regular, awkward, yet necessary conversations with clients.

Support – A method of sharing Trauma.

Survey – A type of song you’ve heard before, playing the same thing over and over.

 

T

TAFE – Slow lane for thorough humiliation, whipped by funding cuts and increasing fees.

Teacher – 1. A disempowered cog in the conformity machine. 2. Righteous punisher for any display of humanity. 3. Bleeding heart sop co-conspirator in the act of Enabling. 4. Someone deserving better training and support but goes without.

Teenager – A human phase of non-compliance to be lead into the salvation of conformity.

Tender 1. Brutal bureaucracy butchering basic benevolence. 2. Honey-pot for bad behaviour of Service Providers, preventing any meaningful collaboration between funding-cycles.

Trauma – 1. Completely common and ordinary state of things. 2. Raw ore used by Service Providers to maintain viability. 3. The uniform of slavery. 4. Heavy emotions sponged up vicariously by youth workers to keep them disempowered. See: Compliance and Career.

Treaty – A void, guarded by a white dog that barks constant insult to history and reality.

Tutor – Someone who is never available or impossible to organise.

 

U

Understanding – A type of mirage one sees in the desert.

Unemployment – Take any given publicly announced percentage, multiply by two.

University – Sales pitch to clients to aim for debt.

Ute – 1. Removalist tool of the poor. 2. Always a mate with one that never shows up.

 

V

Violence (Domestic / Family) – 1. Doesn’t exist as we all know best, and that is that teenagers need to grow up, go back home, and pull their socks up. 2. Often the end-point of an unplanned absence of Drugs. 3. The unfortunate death-throes of illegitimate authority.

 

W

Wages – You think you can do better elsewhere? Just try.

Welcome To Country / Acknowledgement Of Country – A genuine ritual of respect for Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people used for meetings and ceremonies, particular to the Country in question; however sometimes used by white people to tick a box, feel good about themselves and ignore serious issues.

Welfare – A tar brush that paints shame while being the main thing keeping the economy going.

Well-Being – See: Compliance.

Well-Dressed People Getting Out of a Car – Quick hide! They are going to steal my baby!

Work Placement – Opportunity for client to embarrass the youth worker forever ruining any future opportunities with the target organisation.

Work For The Dole – 1. Neo-convicts appropriately punished and prevented from doing meaningful work or training. 2. A type of Program designed to make the Service Provider look good while herding quasi-slavery. 3. Putting young people to hard labour fixes them.

Work/Life Balance – An opportunity to finally make sure that balance does not get in the way of work/life.

Worry – A form of personality distortion that consumes the youth worker like the eternal flame while the client carries on conducting their trail of destruction.

 

X

X-Box – Deferment of feeling Trauma.

 

Y

Youth / Young Person – 1. Non-constituient demographic ignored during Elections. 2. Future tax payers to fund the welfare of the middle and upper classes. 3. Primary locus for Youth Workers to raise Awareness for.

Youth Worker – 1. A role that adults take on to play out their unresolved hero-complex and thus reach Burnout in 2-3 years. 2. Someone who lacks professional training, lacks professional-level wages, and much to the terror of young people loves them. 3. A complete bore at gatherings and on social media. 4. The magical ‘fixer’ that parents have long sought. 5. Bubbly exciting extrovert that conducts pleasing engagement activities for young people in order to hide from addressing serious issues. 6. Vicarious Trauma sponge, reliving childhood oppression in the name of Making a Difference. 7. One who holds many fingers in an increasing amount of holes in the dam wall, while a tsunami casually pours over the top.

 

Z

Zoo – See: Caseload and Service Area.

 

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Forming Storms

Enough.
Enslavement no longer acceptable
Bring this subordination to light
A pledge against mindless conformity
Unquestionable entitlement dethroned
End the suffrage of servitude to perpetual war
Refuse to feed the data
Resist building the robots
Throw up the pleasant sedatives
Delete the accounts
Look within to the power feared
Activate, give voice, mobilise
Think with the heart.

As the towers collapse
Our humid rage storms
Anyway that we can
The new world form.

 

Forming Storms

Grow Up Be An Adult

Grow up, be an adult and put on a serious face.
Grow up, be an adult and talk tough when it really matters.
Grow up, be an adult and have the courage to take a hard line.
Grow up, be an adult and get those kids competing so they’re ready for the world.
Grow up, be an adult and tighten the belt, work harder and longer.
Grow up, be an adult and exclude those who can’t play by the rules.
Grow up, be an adult and build fortresses around that bottom line.
Grow up, be an adult and play the system to avoid tax, cheat, get ahead, build power.
Grow up, be an adult and swim like a pig through the river of cash.
Grow up, be an adult and keep an iron lid on the feminine, poor people, anything not normal.
Grow up, be an adult and erect cartels that relentlessly and undemocratically impose austerity.
Grow up, be an adult and tighten the screws, hammer harder, enumerate statistics.
Grow up, be an adult and grind out any dreaming or creativity left.
Grow up, be an adult and roll over yawning as fascism becomes fashion.
Grow up, be an adult and tut-tut real resistance as talking-out-of-turn.
Grow up, be an adult and quickly co-opt anything decent and turn it against itself.
Grow up, be an adult and flash your erudite hubris as mental rape.
Grow up, be an adult and creep the scope.
Grow up, be an adult and keep matters operational.
Grow up, be an adult and let those robots do the killing.

 

Because drones.