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BUDDHISM? SLEEP ON IT
I loved the idea of “no - desire weekends”, as
proposed by Buddhist monk Ajahn Bra hm
(Believe What You Like, Scoop 58, p106).
I recently spent an entire weekend tr ying
not to want anything. It was liberating – no
s hopping, no s elf-flagellating exerci se, no
beating myself up about the dirty skirting
boards . I succ umbed on one c ount, giving
in to the desire for a good lie down. That
seemed to fit with what the monk called
“those moment s when you don’t want
anything in the world except just to be here”.
I think I’m a conver t.
Mar yanne Barke r, by email.
A CHURCH WEDDING
It was reassuring to see a Catholic priest
admitting his kind should be able to marry
(Believe What You Like, Scoop 58, p106).
Celibacy in the church is such an outdated
idea. While it persists, what hope is there
for an acceptance of social issues like gay
marriage? I hope the priest in question offers
the same humanity to homosexuals as to the
hobos who sleep on his ver andah. Sadly I
have yet to be convinced that toler ance is a
hallmar k of a ny orga nis ed religion.
Brad, by e mail
THANKS BUT NO THANKS
Thank you for your piece on charity
collectors (Got a Minute?, Scoop 58, p37). I’m
fairly mild-mannered but got in an argument
recently when I tur ned a collector down, only
to be asked an impertinent question about
which charities I donate to. I’d like to pass on
a mes s age to people in this line of other wis e
valid work: no thanks means no thanks.
Badgering me will not bring me a round!
Mar ta Simms, Subiaco
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I’m a believer
What does the future look like? Since WA is embark ing on the second
biggest growth spurt of its life, it’s a timely question. So we asked. In
Vision WA (p94), key leaders and thinkers – from the premier to the Perth
mayor to the State architect – share their ideas about how WA will look,
feel and function by the time we hit the middle of the century.
In the cou rse of some lively conversations, we u ncovered a common
sentiment: development is inevitable, and it’s important that we get it
right. That means throwing not just big bucks and lots of brainpower at
new build ings, precincts and satellite cities, but also plenty of imagination,
innovation and soul. With the population expected to top 3 million by
2026, there’s a bit of a rush on. Right now is the time for thoughtful,
intelligent and visionary decisions.
For ou r part we’re presenting ou r respondents’ ideas at leng th, and
in their own words, so that enthusiasts and naysayers alike can see the
big picture. We’d love to hear your thoughts as WA embarks on its most
momentous change in more than a century. Ner vous? R esigned? Inspired?
Moving to Karratha, city-in-waiting?
The notion of legacy is broached throughout this issue of Scoop. As
always, we prof ile some inspiring West Australians who are making a mark
on society, from cartoonist Dean Alston to bright you ng pastor Jarrod
McKenna to tireless educator Dawn Butter worth. O ur story about yog a
may prompt a rethink about the relationship bet ween mindfulness and
quality of life. Likewise our road test of some detox programs (Better out
than in, p154). Having just su r vived several weeks without coffee, grog and
other bad stuff, I can recommend a long hard look at your bad habits to
anyone count ing the carnage from a su mmer of excess.
Elsewhere in this aut umn issue, we ponder follies like leopard print
jump su its et al (The Great Sart or ial Novel, p172), decode the world of
sparkling wine (Bubble Rap, p228), preview a feast of cultural happenings,
and eat our way through some of the best food in the State. All of which
serves as a reminder about the riches at WA’s fingertips. May that continue
– thrive beyond our wildest imaginations, even – through the coming
era of future-building.
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