FUSE62 — Be Your Own Role Model
IN THIS ISSUE: Cover: Dylan Mooney, Reflections Of A Young Indigenous Artist. The Rise Of The Queer Superhero. Australian Cold Case Reveals A Wave Of Antigay Violence. Cancel Culture Is Here. 2020 Covid-19 + U. NSW Eases Gay Blood Donor Restrictions. Birth Certificates Break From Gender Binary Norms. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and more.
FUSE62 - Editorial by Alexander Thatcher, Executive Editor.
With everything that has been happening in the world, I’m struggling. Being privileged and loved, I must admit it often leaves me feeling guilty. After all, unlike so many others, I live in a country where we have a stable government, I’m free from persecution, food is plentiful, our healthcare in the most part is exceptional, and I’ve got a steady supply of toilet paper.
The world seems in a tailspin, and my head is swimming with thoughts. Deciding what to write on this page has felt like quite the task, even now I feel challenged and conflicted.
If I’m to be completely honest though, I kinda feel there is so much negative and disruptive noise in the world right now, leaving this page blank might have been a kinder thing to do. That’s obviously not happening though.
In an array of complicated issues, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, I’ve been looking for some words that might make a small difference. I’ll start with these three and see where it leads — freedom, responsibility and kindness.
As I digest a plethora of daily news, I’ve noticed that it’s often the few that do the most damage. I’ve also seen many of those people up in arms about their rights.
The problem with “my right” is that it’s often used as a free for all. “As a free person, I have the right to do and say whatever I want”. Sorry, but it’s just not that simple.
Freedom is a far-reaching and complicated concept and, without responsibility and kindness, it can become a dangerous thing. It’s why governments feel an obligation to define and enforce laws. Unfortunately for humanity, we will never all agree on the rules, and not all governments set them without harmful agendas.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. This being said, it seems evident that when we are not responsible, we lose some freedoms. Freedom is an absolute right, but not all rights are guaranteed.
Do you have the right to discriminate? I don’t think so. During a pandemic do you have the right not to wear a mask? Sure, but does it consider the safety of others? Does freedom of speech mean you can say whatever you like? Yep it does — but, as with all our actions, it may come with consequences. Entrance left ‘Cancel Culture’.
As I watch the most dangerous of world leaders fill a room with bare-faced lies, while some Americans demand their freedom to brandish guns on their front lawns, it reminds me that not everyone is going to be kind or responsible.
Humanity is deeply divided, and I see a depth of pain that is difficult to comprehend. I’m generally a positive ‘it will be ok’ kind of guy, but not so much lately. It’s why I and so many others are struggling.
Will things be ok? Well, I think that depends on how many of us put kindness above our demands and rights. So the best thing I think I can leave you with today is the little meme on this issue’s cover: be your own role model.
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