‘Happiness’ Category Archives

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.

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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?

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

22
Sep

DRUGS, EDUCATION AND HARM-MINIMISATION: are we altogether on the wrong track?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, God, Happiness, Lifestyle

The Australian Government’s Principles for School Drug Education still state that the overall goal must be harm minimisation.
The rationale seems to be:
(1) most people use drugs only occasionally and for a short part of their lives.
(2) it’s impossible to eliminate drugs from society anyway.
(3) therefore, “harm-minimisation” is good enough.
They assume that the main problem with badly-behaved people is their being ignorant – so that education is the answer.
Plato taught that 2400 years ago. He was wrong. But we still believe it. We like the idea. It dominates how our taxes get spent.
It’s wrong because it’s deterministic — telling wrong-doing persons that, deep down, they can’t really change.
Jesus Christ, however, taught that happiness comes with purity.
Blessed are the pure in heart,” he said, “for they shall see God.” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 5)
Is purity something realistic to aim at?
If we discipline ourselves to even make a start in behaving better, do we really begin, by God’s grace, to re-constitute ourselves?
Should we be teaching our young people that?