Sow Discontent

Governments

And People

Sow Seeds Of Discontent

The opposite of Discontent

Is Gratefulness

Oh yes, let’s start becoming ungrateful and want something else….

A completely new and different life…

That was never had before

And not within our grasp

It promises

A present and a future

That was better than

What we had before

We Buy into the Discontent

It makes a person

Or a Nation

Or a Country

Want to start wars

Or destroy marriages

Or themselves

Countries that were once happy

Now unhappy

Marriages that were happy

Now unhappy

Nations that were happy

Now unhappy

And so on,

Nation Will Rise against Nation

And Kingdom Against Kingdom

If you Sow Seeds of Discontent

War Begins.

27 comments

  1. And if you don’t sow seeds of discontent those suffering under our institutions will feel isolated and disempowered and continue to suffer in silence. When the suffering finally erupts into self-validating populist uprisings after years of silent stewing that’s when you’ll see extreme responses such as riots, terrorism and wars.

    The seeds will only grow in soil fertilised with pain.

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  2. Here in Australia we’re finally seeing sprouts arise from the seeds of discontent sown against the rape culture promoted in our elite schools. Couldn’t come too soon if you ask me.

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    • I’ve just been reading up about it. One article basically said that the rape culture was down to an ingrained sexism that is prevelant among male culture in Australia. That’s a harsh thing to say about the entire male population. I would have hoped/thought that Australian males had become more enlightened over the years. It seems like the wealthy and privileged need a big blanket excuse for their behaviour and they found it in a stereotype.

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      • I completely agree.

        Is there a sexism problem in Australia?
        Yes.

        Is there a rape culture problem in Australia?
        Yes.

        Is it worse here than in other countries?
        I think that’s a meaningless question. Both are so multidimensional that any attempt at comparison will come down to arbitrary decisions about which aspects to focus on.

        Is rape culture the same as sexism?
        Obviously not. You can’t have a rape culture without sexism but I think there’s lots of aspects of sexism that don’t necessarily promote rape culture. Trying to address rape culture by attacking the bigger, more complex and arguably more intractable issue of sexism doesn’t strike me as an efficient way to deal with it.

        I can think of several aspects of Australian culture that promote rape, especially relating to alcohol use and elite athletes as role models. But what we’re looking at here is something quite specifically to do with how we’re educating our youth. In particular a specific sub-group of our youth has been revealed as having a serious problem with rape and sexual assault. So how about we try to address that rather than blurring the issue across Australian society as a whole and making it too big to deal with effectively in the short term?

        There’s an obvious issue with single sex schools – especially boarding schools – in that students are reaching sexual maturity without social exposure to their opposite sex peers. That’s gonna promote objectification of the opposite sex that will become sexual objectification as the hormones kick into gear. That would be relatively easy to fix, given the will. Abolish single sex schools.

        There’s another issue in that rape is – perhaps more than anything else – a function of power imbalance. Our elite schools present large disparities in power and the sense of entitlement that comes with it as normative. That entrenches loads of social problems with rape culture only one of them. Do something about that and you’re well on the way to doing something about rape culture.

        The problem is that the schools and the parents who send their kids there don’t want to do anything about that. They want the kids to grow up hyper-competitive with a sense of entitlement and the idea that steep power hierarchies are the natural order of things and those who go to such schools are destined for the top of them.

        I think it’s no coincidence that political parties – especially the Liberals (our born-to-rule equivalent of your Tories) – also have a serious problem with rape sub-cultures. And their are many versions of anti-sexism (e.g. corporate board feminism) that serve to entrench the values that lead to steep power hierarchies.

        So yeah, without having seen the article you refer to I still feel pretty confident that it’s an apologia seeking to deflect attention from measures that could be taken in the relatively short term to undermine some of the worst aspects of rape culture in Australia because those measures would threaten the elitist status quo.

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      • You just absolutely hit the nail on the head here. I looked through the articles, and I couldn’t find the exact article, that talked about australian male sexism, as being a cause of all these problems. The tone is from a British Newspaper perspective:
        ‘Headmaster of all-boys school Waverley College Graham Leddie said ‘sexism is an everyday reality for women’ and the school was working towards stamping out the ‘disgraceful culture of sexism that still exists in Australia.’
        And this was from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9306901/Parents-elite-Sydney-private-schools-pull-students-following-rape-sexual-assault-allegations.html. But there was another one, which grrr… to my frustration, I can’t locate once more… which said as much, but even more pointedly, that Australian males and their sexism was to blame for this elite rape culture stuff.
        In the public school system in the U.K, (the term public school in Britain, meaning private elite school) the males are systematically raped, it’s an old established British tradition, or usually just sodomised casually in the dorm rooms, through the ‘fag’ system. These men don’t always go on to live a gay lifestyle, but they often do. It’s kind of a non verbal, initiation process and very much accepted and promises good career and monetary prospects in the future, through the ‘old boy network’. There’s a good number of very respected and important people who have been in that system, and celebrities, who have thrived (Stephen Fry) or survived. (John Peel for instance).
        Britain’s elite schools never really come up for inspection. It’s so deeply ingrained, An ‘Untruth of M.P’s’ (the collective noun for a group of M.P’s, what a cool collective noun) have come out of these public schools. I can’t see a viral petition coming out of here anytime soon, but it may happen one day. (The only viral petition at the moment, in regard to our public schools is to do with Covid 19. Seriously).

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      • In the public school system in the U.K, (the term public school in Britain, meaning private elite school) the males are systematically raped, it’s an old established British tradition, or usually just sodomised casually in the dorm rooms, through the ‘fag’ system.

        About 20 years back a case revealing institutionalised gang rape of boys at one of our elite schools emerged. Both the school and the legal system treated it as a one off instance of ‘boys being boys’ and treated it accordingly. The media coverage was very sympathetic and low key. There was no serious attempt to deal with the systemic problems it revealed. No one went to prison or lost their job. Only one perpetrator – of non-European descent – was expelled. All those involved retained anonymity in the media due to their age.

        At the same time a group of equally young working class men of middle eastern descent was arrested for a series of gang rapes of young women in Sydney’s western suburbs. The media outrage and public moral panic was stratospheric. The perpetrators received sentences completely out of line with all legal precedent in such cases (successfully appealed after the public outrage had died down, but still excessive). The offenders had their names and faces plastered all across the media and their families were targeted by vigilantes.

        This country has some of the best legal systems and media money (and influence) can buy.

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      • Both crimes are inexcusable, but I see your point, one is punished excessively, the other, not at all, and this is, to create, in their minds, some kind of balance, that will somehow make everything all right. It also serves as a distraction. There is no accountability with the awful gang rape of the boys and there probably never will be, but Karma’s a bitch…and one day…

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  3. I could never get around the way Kipling (paraphrasing Wellington) said that the battles of the British Empire were won on the playing fields of Eton.
    And he thought that was a good thing.

    I suspect the reason our elite school systems are the way they are is because they were designed to produce the sort of sociopathic arseholes needed to maintain the Empire with violence and bastardry. With the Empire gone those skills are now used against the rest of us.

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