HAVE WE “LOST THE PLOT”? By Colin Walker

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I’M BEGINNING TO PONDER (SERIOUSLY) WHETHER – OR TO WHAT EXTENT – ALL THE COMMUNITY DRUG-TAKING WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT THESE DAYS HAS STARTED TO ADDLE OUR BRAINS, AS A SOCIETY, TO INFLUENCE SOME OF THE CRAZY SOCIAL AND LIFESTYLE TRENDS EMERGING TODAY.

Are those dreadful “baby boomers”(which includes my generation of today’s “oldies”) to blame for some of the nutcase causes hitting our airwaves, social media, and other areas of community “enlightenment” today?

In indulging (we are told!) in an unprecedented era of too much “free” sex ,drugs and rock-and-roll , did we (the baby boomers) start the slide in community standards and values since the halcyon 1960’s ,70s and 80s? I have to admit that I was a bit of a rock-and-roll raver (in my time, in those days)…..but the “free” sex and drugs bit? I must have been too busy earning a quid (or a “buck”) and raising a family to indulge in (or now recall) any of that.

Some of the changes and/or trends being advocated today by trendy history denialists, the PC (“political correctness”) brigade, and the wacky advocates of “woke”, come into the category of unfathomable anathemas to most of my generation, I believe.

Most of us simply can’t figure out (or understand) where these people are coming from with their wildcat efforts to turn society’s long-standing (and long proven) standards and values on our collective heads. Has all the drugindulgence taken over, to addle our collective thought processes?

I have a number of family members and friends (car cranks) who would think I was ready for the funny farm if I suggested that they tip a kilo of sugar into their petrol tanks to “smarten up” their prized vehicles. But so many Australians today (males and females, and of all age groups) seem to have no qualms about injecting potentially lethal doses of soul-destroying illicit drugs into their bodies, 24/7, to achieve some sort of “hit” they don’t seem able to achieve, otherwise. What does that say about the sort of society we are becoming?

The latest unfathomable pearl of wisdom to come from “Wokeville” (in this case, Canberra) suggests that we should no longer regard our Mothers as “Mum” but as our “gestational parent”. And our fathers? Dad should be called our “non-birthing parent”, we are told.

These “pearls” come from august and elite academics in our Canberra-based Australian National University, raising a number of questions……not the least being ,“are people of this ilk the ones from whom our national governments ,and leaders, are getting their advice and guidance on national issues, daily?”. If so, God help us!

But this could at least explain some of the wacky decisions coming out of our national capital, regularly, over the years…..regardless of who’s holding the reins (or whichever party is in power!).

I can recall an old Queensland MP of the 1950s and 60s telling Parliament, often, that public servants, academic “experts” and advisers should be kept “on tap…not on top”. Judging by the crazy A.N.U. edict on our much-loved Mums and Dads, I believe that most Aussies, across all age groups, would agree with that genuine “pearl of wisdom”.

I can’t see the ridiculous ANU proposition getting off the ground, and our current crop of MPs and other decision-makers in Wokeville….oops, Canberra…. should do everything in their power to ensure it doesn’t.