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Information Overwhelm in Today’s World

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Just a week ago, Pip from Meet Me At Mikes published a pretty full-on post: “How to beat information overwhelm and still care about the world“. It’s about how we have a tendency to click past or mute anything that is tragic or confronting. Earthquakes, genocide, terrorism, economic collapse – sometimes it IS all too much.

But is switching off the answer?

Pip talked about chemical reactions our bodies have when we get this feeling of overwhelm. She talked about our social conform driven by Social Media. She discussed our glazed eyes at the news.

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BUT, she also discussed ways in which to deal with – a pretty big deal in my opinion. She didn’t ignore the reality of our lives and all the stimulus we are exposed to, instead she used it as a perfect example of how to attack this Overwhelm and how to still make amazing change in our communities and the world at large.

Although it is a hefty read (you need a good 10 minutes, uninterrupted!), it is genuinely worth it. It is insightful and intelligent and gives us all hope that we aren’t all sheep.

 

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Check out my comment at the end of the post, as I discuss how I deal with Overwhelm . . .

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For instance, this is not a normal occurrence in Oz.

Although in saying that, last year I did have a kangaroo stuck in my backyard and I don’t live in middle of suburbia, I certainly don’t live in the bush either. I live in a rapidly expanding and quite large town (officially a City, but come on!) in the South West of Australia and although we do have a mob of kangaroos living in a large paddock on the edge of town, I’d hardly say a kangaroo in the backyard is a normal thing.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3052325/Meet-Dusty-kangaroo-sure-s-dog-hates-cats-Young-roo-eats-sleep-cuddles-family-s-puppies-adopted-road.html#v-3989905050001

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The Things You Learn While Opening Boxes

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One of the most surprising aspects of my nighttime job filling shelves, is the things I see as I open and unload cartons and boxes of supermarket fodder. Every now and then I learn something and then sometimes I see a thing that makes me laugh out aloud.

Guffaw even!

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Only two or three people in the life-cycle of this carton, will see this message.

Only two or three people in the life-cycle of this carton, will see this message.

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I mean how would  you react if you open a box and saw this for the first time?
Wouldn’t you have a chuckle as well?!?

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Someone with a sense of humour designed this carton!

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One night I came across this ‘imaginative’ spelling. What’s weird about this sight, is that there is VERY little opportunity for someone to write on a carton once it leaves the central supermarket warehouse.

Where this blue script originated from, is anyone’s guess.

Pretty sure "Baroken" isn't a word!

Pretty sure “Baroken” isn’t a word!

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Then every now and then you come across an empty container that should in fact be full of (usually) food. Tins of soup, boxes of biscuits, bags of rice. There’s a sneaky stowaway from time to time.

Sealed and ready to sell - except it's completely empty!

Sealed and ready to sell – except it’s completely empty!

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But the biggest surprise I have received during my nightly chores, was the image of the identified rice quarantine area within New South Wales, Australia.

Say what???

Many packaging types have the Quarantine label

Many packaging types have the Quarantine label

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Have you even heard of this?

Have you even heard of this?

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I never expected an education while doing Nightfill.

So despite the dreary and repetitive nature of the job, I am grateful that I am given glimpses of humour and quirky surprises throughout each week. I know that it means that cutting open box may hold my next ‘wow’ moment.

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What is Wrong With Our Country?

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Bit by bit over the past decade,
I have developed a steadily growing discomfort
at how my beloved Australia has been developing.

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Australia has ALWAYS engendered a certain amount of racism

sorry Great Britain, that’s your legacy

First Settlers – Indigenous Aborigines + Irish + Chinese
Post WWI – Germans
Depression – Anyone with an accent
Post WWII – Germans + Italians
1950’s & 60’s – Italians + anyone with a Russian ‘sounding’ accent
1970’s & 80’s – Vietnamese, et al. + Americans (not Canadians) + Middle East
2000’s – Anyone who is Islamic + looks like they could be Islamic + has a strong accent from somewhere + arrived by via a boat of any description

This is obviously not an exhaustive list.
I could go on . . . 

A vast majority of our society
seems to be developing a more conservative,
and therefore radical,
attitude towards every kind of social behaviour.

Parenting, immigration, multiculturalism, sexism, pornography,
economics, art, education, beauty, media, celebrity, etc.

And this behaviour is becoming grossly unacceptable.
The behaviour of so many of my country men & women is abusive, ill-informed, bigoted and down right scary.

I AM scared.
I am scared of what my country is becoming.

Need some examples?

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Yumi Stynes

Yumi Stynes
works in the media – radio presenting, television, etc
and is married with two children, and another on the way.

On a morning television show,
in 2012
she made a throw-away but inappropriate comment
about a serving Victorian Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.

Although she apologised on air and in person to the ‘victim’
(he laughed it off with laconic humour and holds NO grudge to this day)
she was attacked through out the media and in her personal life.

Facebook, her blog, her employers websites, emails
and
even on her way to dropping her eldest daughter to school.

Another mother,
who she did not know,
approached her and said:
“I hope you lose you job and all your money and I hope that you become SO poor that you and your daughters become homeless”.

WTF !?!?!

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Attacks on Women & Girls,
have also escalated over the past two decades.

It’s almost as if there is a surge against women’s rights,
being enforced with brutality and sexual assault.

FYI
These attacks are NOT confined to certain cultural groups
who are maligned in the media as being women-haters.
These attacks are happening throughout our society
– economic + cultural + religious + ethinic

Boys are STILL being raised as women-haters,
invoking violence, abuse and appalling behaviour.

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Victor Dominello

Just today,
a news article was written describing the enormous despair
felt by NSW Minister for Citizenship & Communities, Victor Dominello,
towards violence against women.

He explained that in the previous week, while overseas,
he had learned of some unbelievable violent incidents
being perpetrated, and reported
IN AUSTRALIA.

Violence against our girls

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Not in Saudi Arabia, where women have few civil rights,
or Taliban-beholden Northern Pakistan
or military-controlled Cambodia.

It was happening in modern Australia.
LAST WEEK !!!

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Julia Guillard

Whether you are a conservative or left-wing or anywhere in between,
I believe you would find it difficult to objectively defend the treatment metered out
to the then Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Guillard.

The majority of it was purely personal, much of it centred around her gender.

Just a taste of what was written about our  serving  PRIME MINISTER !

Just a taste of what was written about our
serving PRIME MINISTER !

God it makes me sick when I remember it.

Think I’m, over-reacting?
Type  “Julia Guillard does not speak for me
into any search engine and see what comes up.

One of the the very VERY few who spoke about Julia Guillard
with objectivity,
was Australian ravishing redhead,
Eden Riley.

Julia Guillard & Eden Riley, Women Extraordinaire

Julia Guillard & Eden Riley, Women Extraordinaire

Eden put aside her own ‘leftie’ political agenda
(she has none, btw)
and interviewed Julia for her regular Friday blog posts: “Street Talk”,
where she would interview a stranger.

 The interview was refreshing and honest and unbiased.
It was one woman interviewing another woman.

But . . .

. . . towards the end of the blog post, Eden said “But she wasn’t getting a fair go. And I hate unfairness”.

FYI
Eden Riley was then, herself,
attacked in the media and online
for being biased,
some even going so far as to attack her
because she had not interviewed the Leader of the Opposition
(who was and is a man).

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And peeps,
I think that is what is happening in Australia at the moment.

We are being unfair.
We are being stupid.
We are behaving in a manner that is ‘Un-Australian’.

There is SO much wrong with the world already,
why can’t we just build on our successes
and grow as a nation?

Don’t answer that question.
It’s rhetorical.
I already KNOW the answer 😦

I think that although this seems like a MAMMOTH problem,
that cannot be fixed easily,
it’s not!

All we have to do as Australians, is
STOP
and then think:
“In 10 years time, will I be proud of this moment?
Will I have made a positive difference?
Will I want my children to emulate me?”

If we were able
truly able
to act and think like this,
Australia would one day be a nation I believe we could all be proud of.

Not like it is today.
Unfortunately.

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