All posts tagged: good and evil

It’s Small, Slimy and Can Kill

It still shocks me what is said on social media with its few degrees of separation. The no-holds-barred statements laced with hate, the offensive name-calling and the lies. They hide behind their tablet, computer or smartphone and muster the most loathsome messages to pierce reputation and self esteem. The pack mentality of those who follow suit is the lowest game of follow-the-leader. Speaking of pack mentality – we’ve seen it alive and well at the footy with the Adam Goodes booing controversy. No one should be subject to public, repetitive, malicious words delivered from the anonymity and distance of ‘the crowd’ – whatever form that takes. The problem is nothing new. In fact, the problem is a very small slimy thing that also gives much delight in devouring mum’s apple crumble or pulling silly faces or kissing our beloved. “The tongue has the power of life and death,” Proverbs 18:21 reads. The tongue – as a symbol of our individual voice and right to use it – is a dangerous weapon. Never has it been more important to …

Baby, the World’s a Crazy Place

Surely this is the most luminous point of life. Right here where I hold the gaze of two sets of blue-spangled eyes, their innocence and adoration as naked as their bums at bath time. The daily heart-swells of gratitude for my children are a serendipitous part of my day. I hope they never stop. What a charmed space to occupy; wiping their tears, singing them to sleep, making them giggle, helping them learn, watching their firsts. This little window of blissful simplicity is where we place the greatest value on life. Infancy is the peak of human worth. When life at this point is marred, the injustice leaves our faith in humanity black and blue. I stroke the downy back of my baby girl’s neck and her whole face flushes with glee. Her legs kick and her arms shiver with excitement. “You have a world of contradictions to contend with, my sweet,” I whisper into her hair. I wonder if she will grasp the truth amongst the mixed messages. The contradiction of Valentines Day, to begin. This …