‘Happiness’ Category Archives

24
Oct

SHARE BIKES: what a pity, a symptom of something?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Environment, Happiness, Health, Lifestyle

An idea, in theory, so brilliant and promising:
Inexpensive, exercise-promoting, exhaust smoke-free….
The results, in practice, so disgusting:
Junk everywhere, maintenance neglected, pedestrians fractured….
What’s the problem?
The problem is human nature itself, with its four built-in flaws:
Its ignorance, weakness, cravings and malice.
The answer?
The answer is a completely changed mentality – a commitment to loving one’s neighbour and to the common good.
Attention, Catholic bishops and Catholic educators!
The Gospel entrusted to you to proclaim is not getting proclaimed.
Quit compromising. Start proclaiming — by word and by example.
Your God is waiting for you to do your job.
Perhaps we could all have a look at our word and example. There may be some room for improvement.

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17
Apr

“GIRLS NEED TO BE FREE”: do they? is it even possible? what about the rest of us?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, God, Happiness, Media, Women

Steve Biddulph’s latest book is “Ten Things Girls Need Most: To Grow Up Strong and Free”.
Was “free” really the word he was looking for?
Evolution theory – the kind usually pushed in media and classroom – leaves no room for freedom. Aren’t we just biochemical robots?
Common sense and true religion say that we aren’t.
If God exists, he has given us the freedom to sin – and the freedom not to sin. You can’t have one without the other.
So, try expressing an opinion in certain unfashionable no-go areas. Have a go.
You may lose your job — even your head.
Such things have been reported on TV. There would be lots more if the media didn’t self-censor.
And we’re also told that if we express certain un-trendy ideas, certain people will be offended and will (perhaps) kill themselves.
A kind of dictatorship-by-suicide-threat?

24
Mar

CORY BERNARDI, POLITICIANS’ PAY AND COMMON SENSE: are our senators greedy, unintelligent (or both)?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Happiness, Money, Politics

Last week, Australian Senators voted on a motion for senators to receive no pay increases until a budget surplus is achieved.
It was moved by independent (ex-Liberal) Senator Cory Bernardi.
Sad to say, only 6 of our 75 senators voted for it.
The Coalition, Labor and the Greens senators all voted against.
Anyone moving a motion that’s rejected by all three of the above-mentioned parties is probably doing something right.
Senator Bernardi is a conscience politician.
We’ll be hearing a lot more from him.
Hopefully his movement will continue to propose common-sense policies which level-headed people will happily support.

21
Mar

ATHEISM AND MORALITY: in the context of same-sex marriage can they logically coexist?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Ethics, Family, God, Happiness, Lifestyle, Truth

On March 20, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi wrote that “as an atheist”:
“I don’t want the government to censor free speech (or) to dictate who can marry….”
She goes on about how good the joy that same-sex marriage may bring some couples….and how bad is mis-labelling some people as homophobes and bigots….
Good? Bad?
If she’s an atheist, the question of good and bad can’t arise — the difference between them being absolute only if there is an Absolute Being who judges between them.
Don’t forget, God is the only Absolute — the living difference between good and evil.
God exists because it’s his nature to exist.
We exist because he gives us our existence.
It’s not very complicated.
Rita has some thoughtful ethical instincts – but seemingly only by accident and by being inconsistent.
Is she a closet believer who may benefit by coming out as such?

19
Feb

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ADOPTION LAWS GET MORE “PROGRESSIVE”: progressing backwards?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Family, Happiness

In South Australia, adoption by same-sex couples became legal last week.
One such couple told reporters, “We’re exactly the same as every other family; the boys are safe, they’re loved, they have very good, strong female characters in their lives. The boys are happy and that’s all that matters.”
Think back.
Young hopeful, after nine months recognising biological mum’s voice, sharing her body fluids, knowing nothing about the world except though her, looking forward to her breast milk….
Bingo! Suddenly at delivery-time mum vanishes without trace, and here are these two blokes….
What a nightmare!
Someone might be happy, but the child isn’t.
Anyone saying out loud that no child deserves such a fate risks state-sponsored persecution in some kind of tribunal.

27
Dec

CHRISTMAS: an embarrassment? an opportunity wasted?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Family, Happiness, Lifestyle, Truth

Are you happy that Christmas is, at last, over and done with?
But it isn’t.
The Christmas Season — originating long before department stores, commercial Santa etc. — doesn’t end until January 6 (Epiphany Day).
What has finished is Advent — the four-week season of spiritual preparation leading into Christmas — often wasted on materialistic distractions.
Yes, for many, Christmas is an embarrassment — to cope with which one now concentrates on the Boxing Day cricket match, fine-tuning one’s blood alcohol level etc.
At ANZAC, we remind each other without embarrassment to behave in ways worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen troops.
During the next week-and-a-bit, could we focus on Baby Jesus and the man he became and the gospel he taught and the death he died?