The Australian experience in this circle simply illustrates that some initially conceived advantages and benefits prove more crucial after all for the welfare of future generations of this precarious world. Previous dissections of this writing serve to demonstrate those crucial characteristics of
In terms of modern politics, swings between the left and the right have also been a matter of course in recognised Western democratic countries. The most recent example is the switch of roles between entrenched thinking of social democratic welfare and pervasive, triumphing neo-classical economics (economic rationalism in
The course of turns and shifts in Australian politics serves as a timely reminder of past experience and convictions since the date of Federation.
In college years, a book about
The “lucky country”, termed and described by Donald Horne, is not a theme to escape from lightly in writings on
From Horne’s viewpoint, however, “lucky” is up for some ironic interpretations. Being called lucky implies that pure luck is not quite deserved, similar to a spoil and waste of this wonderful land by a people of ignorance, or a privileged place which cannot be forcefully taken by more intelligent peoples under current international laws. In Chinese phrases, “lucky” may refer to a situation of an illiterate, hardly handsome guy marrying the prom queen, in a sea of envious eyes of the more popular, gentlemanlike schoolmates. This ironic “lucky” is a label of low awareness of deep shortcomings, under-utilisation of human intelligence, and slack management of available resources, so its existence received a pity and was scorned by certain early writers and critics like Horne. This ironic use of the word is close to the origin of that inspiring writing, when the society in the 1960s faced confusions over future prospects, after long prosperity and certainty under conservative administrations. Achieved goals seemed making people become less productive, and inertia grew out of sheer boredom. People and the elite were just not up to the coming challenges from the 1970s on, and they were forced to think harder, break modes, and seek new directions, instead of relying solely on their entrenched being “lucky” mentality and over-generous rewards from the nature’s rich endowments.
By the time of this century, the first and original meaning of the term “lucky” is again highlighted, as a true testament to enjoyment of life the people of
The lucky country label of Horne’s making has been with us for quite a long time. Its ironic interpretation is almost forgotten, especially in the time of prosperity early this century. This is not supposed to be, as the country is now at another crossroads and faces new challenges. Complacency undermines sustainability and encourages attempts to curb social justice. It is imperative that
At the time of
Sports and organisational matters aside, with hindsight, the symbol of future directions is surely with Australia (not particularly Sydney). This is beyond the issues of emerging powers or potential power shift standard issues of international politics. For
Human nature is hard to be right and perfect, particularly in a materialised society of today. It may show a good side in good times and reveal a nasty side during down times. It is unpredictable, often accompanied by an urge of greed, which sometimes throw entire communities into chaos and carnage. A place with reasonably well behaved human nature is rare and needs to be nourished consciously and constantly.