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Saying sorry is just a start

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Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Mandy Nolan’s recent ‘sorry’ article struck a deep chord.

I sense many of us are yet to make the leap from saying sorry to acting sorry. We are complicit in supporting a system that largely marginalises and diminishes those disadvantaged within it.

I highly recommend watching this beautiful and eloquent discussion between Stan Grant and Dr Cornel West .

http:// www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/451860035927/awaken-cornel-west I offer myself as an example.

I write this from a ski lodge at Mt Buller.

Signs all around the resort implore me to enjoy MY holiday with MY crew.

I ski all day focusing on MY technique.

I get back to the lodge at night and listen to other similarly privileged white anglo saxons discussing their holiday homes, their mortgages, their super, their jobs, their promotions.

I sense large scale complicity.

I know I am not alone in lying in bed awake at 3am with fears and doubts spinning in my head compelling me to think of ways I can engage more ‘successfully’ with the system.

A system based on competition rewards individual ‘success’ generally to the detriment of ‘others’ unable to engage within if for whatever reason.

I sense the shift to ‘WE/OURS’ will create a system based on collaboration and supports ‘others’ to engage more fully within it.

Implicit in such a system are words such as Love, Trust, Sharing, Creativity and Community.

I agree saying sorry is a first step.

Beyond that I sense a need to act sorry.

A need to shift from thinking primarily of ‘ME & MINE’ to thinking primarily of ‘WE & OURS’.

And to therein create a system measuring success by the way we support and encourage our most disadvantaged.

Phil Preston Mullumbimby


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