The biggest social problem i believe we face is not that depression and pain seem to be an epidemic but that we are so insecure we think it makes us different and weak and find it all so confusing… This is hideously misguided considering almost everyone experiences depression in their lives, and everyone feels pain, it is not an element that separates us but one that unites us!!! We should be standing together and saying I feel like shit somebody hug me. Not I feel like shit I better hide or I might dampen the mood or not seem cool like those happy uplifting people…..
I cry a lot, and i laugh a lot, life throws ups and downs, it’s a rolls coaster and the social constraints put on children as a “way to behave” are crippling and outdated. We need to implement healthy mind studies into primary education.
When we were a society almost entirely guided by the church, this was… Somewhat… Happening. . Since we live in such a diverse society now not ruled by any one religion we need to fill the void. We need to inform children of the simple tools and techniques available to aid our understanding of our own psychology and emotional health so we don’t grow up in fear of feeling or in fear of our confusion about feeling. You do not need to control someone’s behaviour or morals to do this just inform them of what we as a species understand about ourselves, why do we learn sport and physical exercise techniques but not mental health exercises…. It would be so easy to transform an entire generation by providing the access in the early years, erasing the stigma attached to emotion and mental health and provide an open arms, open heart, open mind society.
Urgh men sure did get the industrial revolution cranking but what about the development of people!!! What about a psychological revolution that inspires growth and understanding of who we are and what we are likely to experience. You don’t need to do a phd to understand basic psychology you mostly just need reassurance that it’s ok to feel because what ever your feeling there is a reason it just needs acknowledgment and then a decision on how you want to let that feeling influence your decision making…. It’s only when these steps aren’t taken that a mentally healthy person can quickly become mentally unhealthy and even breakdown completely. Urgh!!!!
So frustrated with the priorities of society – capitalism is important I get that but it can’t take the lead ahead of health – health then economy then lifestyle
Vocal Gansta representative of the Oceans Elite
Mr Cuddly the shark presents his insight on the shark cull debate!\
LISTEN UP!!! Caus i got somthin to say,
and im not going to stop until you listen ok!
Sharks are shy diplomatic conservationists
we try to avoid the absurd human behaviourists
but unlike humans we can make mistakes
unlike humans we rarely nibble something we shouldn’t
unlike humans we are not so forgiven
we do not have a church to repent
but the humans come after us to have our heads
and not just the shark that made the mistake
that cops the full force of Australian state
but all our friends and family will be culled
for simply entering a beach we love
they don’t even make distinction
of species, age or intention
we never attack these swimming apes
and yet sometimes we do indeed make mistakes
all in all we are just highly intelligent developing creatures
that have survived the pitfalls of millennium extinctions
but no more are our waters safe
the real danger is these apes mental states
their perception of our kind
is brutal and undignified
We Deserve a Trial!!!
to have our say
defend our intentions
If you would just HEAR THE FACTS of the day
stop spreading hysterical myth
you think your so smart but you spread lies to sell print
I urge you to think about the backlash of karma
Please think twice before enjoying the drama
of seeing sharks as vicious killing machines
this idea is unsupported illegitimate and extreme
i know we seem scary and can look mean
but we are more friendly and kind ocean beings!
dont get me started on the trend of finning,
why do you like eating our tasteless rubbery fins,
it it for necessity to live?
or is it just some bulshit spread like cancer to the prestige?
you may not realise but we sharks control the ocean
not through bullying or governments passing motion
but through ecology, biology as masters of evolution
and without us you will see a mass dissolution
of all the animals beneath us in our vast ecosystem
but if you like swimming with deadly jellies
bacteria, algae and single cellies
or walking on land without oxygen to breathe
continue your path of destruction and upheave
because with out us there will be devastation
I urge you to consider my words of persuasion
together in harmony is my only vocation
to co-exist i welcome you to my home
a vast food source for plenty
I will not attack
(but i could make a mistake)
but do not worry your more likely to die from a snake
or an elephant
or a cow
or a vending machine
or a car
or a mosquito
or a fall
or a swim in the surf
or a coconut
or a game of sport
or a champaign cork
or a meal
or a storm
or a bee
or a horse
or a cold snap
or a ladder
or a run in with hot tap water
or an ant
or a dog
or an icicle
or Autoerotic Asphyxiation
or a hippo
or a lightning strike
or a jelly fish
or a sharknado
so really you can see
were not as scary as you believe
we are simply not perfect
not perfect like you
please do not sentence us all
based on the actions of few
we ask for humanity
to step up and stop this insanity!”
Note: sharks are caught in Australia, finned on shore, sold for fin soup in Australia, and consumed in Australia then the rest of the shark sold to fish and chips stores (most of which is wrongly labelled shark even if they say Barramundi – most likely shark) in Australia. This is an Australian issue as much as it is an issue anywhere else near water.
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SPANDA is #1 on the sculpture walk at this years Verge Festival brought to you by the dedicated students and graduates of the University of Sydney Union.
SPANDA is a Claire Munro Art and Design initiative. It is an interactive multi sensory installation by Sydney College of the Arts students Dorit Goldman (MFA), Melissa Maree (BVA) and Claire Munro (BVA). SPANDA is from Sanskrit referring to the self expressive pulse of all individual things and all things united as one. Translated as movement, vibration and an exploration into our collective consciousness. SPANDA includes work by Dorit Goldman with her plaster “accidents” a result of her study of the body. Melissa Maree explores visual vibration through geometry and pattern with her delicate cutouts. Accompanied with warped glass blown vessels, photonics fibre structures and video projection that explore human Phsycology by Claire Munro. Overall it is an experience and one is urged to sit in the work be still and enjoy the works many intricate and ever changing moments as well as identifying the works impact on you as an individual and as (like everything else) a vital part of our entire cosmos as a whole. It’s mesmerising visuals and playful string installation combined with the sculptures create a space for calm contemplation a chance to escape the stresses of the day and ponder.
I hope you enjoy these images.
on the 17th November last year i was involved in the Sydnet Tedx youth conference. I loved organising this fabulous group work on the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art, what a special location. Tedx Youth is a great initiative which really connects brilliant young minds with the world. It was a privilege to work on this event, organising myself and fellow Sydney College of the Arts students to create a live mural inspired by the events of the day. Have a look!