A world that embraces diversity and honesty isn't far away
I SAW today that Coles stores had been plunged into chaos by the bedlam sparked by the release of their Little Shop 2 collectables.
People literally threw stores into chaos in their rush to get in and collect.
I could feel my brain cells escaping, or just dying, as I read about it.
Are we genuinely this stupid?
A marketing gimmick by a massive company, which we already pay a hell of a lot of money to, sends us into hysterics?
That'll do me.
You can't even consume the miniature items.
And it flies completely in the face of the plastic bag ban most of us supported in a bid to ease a bit of pressure on the environment which, although you wouldn't know it, we actually rely on to survive.
Surely there are better things to whip yourself into a frenzy over than a 1:15 scale version of a Vegemite jar?
Imagine if people cared even half as much about other people as they do about pointless shrunken groceries.
Imagine how much better this place would be.
It just shows where we are as a country.
I think we're regressing. Massively. At least when it comes to our social conscience.
We're now all about closing borders and isolating those in need.
We create class wars by widening the divide between the haves and have nots.
We use criticism instead of compassion.
We punish and persecute, instead of praise and protect.
What is it that we're so scared about?
This 'way of life' that we don't want to lose?
Well, newsflash, we've already lost it.
We never used to fear those who looked different to us, we'd engage with them, learn more about them. We used to look out for those in worse positions than ourselves.
We used to reward integrity, loyalty, honour, kindness, intelligence and steady leadership.
It saddens me to know my daughter is going to grow up in a country where people get more active, more outraged, by a reduced-size packet of Cornflakes than they do about the institutional abuse of children, or the treatment of refugees, or dodgy deals by politicians.
Lucky there's still sport.
An arena where fighting against the odds can still reap massive rewards, and there's more respect given to going down swinging than simply rolling over.
It's a world where, for the most part, cheating and taking shortcuts doesn't pay off.
Eventually you're found out, and when you do, it taints everything.
It's an honest, and often cruel place, and diversity is usually embraced, not feared. Sport builds character.
The way you lose is just as important as how you win, and as hard as you play on the field, there's always time for a beer with the opposition afterwards.
We need more sport, not mini supermarkets, in our lives.