The trailer for Grand Theft Auto V looks amazing, doesn’t it?
I am struck by such detailed and diverse characters and environments. Imagine all the work that’s gone into designing those different characters and environments, and piecing the story together. The artists, the designers, the engineers, the incredible details, the thousands of hours that would have to have been needed to put that together.
As I watch the trailer loop over and over in the train stations in Singapore, there is no denying, there is real talent and creativity that has gone into that game.
But then I am struck by another thought: What if they’d made something good?
This is where the dishonesty of mining companies and the claims of free market fans starts to fall apart.
If, as they say, mines are great for communities, mines live in harmony with other land users, and that markets make the right decisions for everyone, then this law change would be completely unnecessary.
If mining is good for society and profitable, the existing law takes care of that.
If mining is bad for society and unprofitable, existing law and the market takes care of that too.
There is only one case that the proposed new law applies to that existing law doesn’t – the case where mining is bad for the community, but makes money for the mining company.
This law only applies in the scenario that miners and the free market fans claim does not exist.
On Saturday, as I handed out how to votes, though I was tempted at times to leave, to go home and give up, I reminded myself that my job was not really to win votes or to change the course of the election. I felt my job was as an ambassador for the Greens, to demonstrate that we’re not the domain of manky hippies, or irrational shouting protestors. To sow the seeds in people’s minds as they came to vote that the Greens represent legitimate views, legitimate concerns and well thought out policy.
My job was to demonstrate the kind of politics that I would like to see, one where you treat everyone with respect even when they treated me like poison. In the end, kindness wins hearts, not bitterness.
I defended the Greens positions, but I hope never rudely, I deliberately engaged in conversation with the other party volunteers to challenge myself to find a way to discuss respectfully, even jovially, with people whom I didn’t agree with.
For those of us that were disappointed by this election, this is our job until the next election and beyond. To avoid the temptations of bitterness and snarky attacks. To thoughtfully lay out our case and continue to demonstrate by both our arguments and our behaviour the kind of leaders that we want to see.
After such strong interest in the previous post, here’s another 5 things you might like about the Greens. Budget responsibility, cost of living, and employment, all areas where thoughtful policies often outshine the other two parties.