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June 22, 2021

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I love The Echo and all of the folk that passionately contribute their angsts, hopes and visions. How do The (struggling) Echo staff deal with it all and still keep good humour?

It is impossible to seriously access one’s soul messages these days with real mental clutter and suffering occurring in a global pandemic. We do everything possible to free incarcerated Julian Assange who, with conscience, revealed the horrors of war to a global public. 

We view war breaking out in Gaza, over 80 female students dead as a result of a targetted car bomb in Kabul, the ongoing incarceration and suffering [deaths] of First Nations peoples, the demands of developers wanting to privatise public lands, planned ecocide to build dams, destruction of sacred sites, endangered species, chronic homelessness and unemployment, politicians talking over everyone, and smiling about the budget and the healthy market, lack of funding for mental health and so on.

Dealing with this pace of overstimulation results in jangled nerves. Do we really listen to each other, or should I ask – can we listen? Can we slow down and control the pace of life?

Byron was once a place of solace. Can we restore this gift to aid our humanity or loss of humanity? Can we dumb down that endless clanging of the cash registers?

Can we have a moratorium on development and address the real priorities to aid collective solace? It all seems so very fast… no time for real priorities.

The time has come to stop, reflect and reframe, methinks.

What do you think?


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1 COMMENT

  1. ” Byron was once a place of solace. Can we restore this gift to aid our humanity or loss of humanity? Can we dumb down that endless clanging of the cash registers? ”

    No .

    Better to put a high fence around Byron Bay and charge entry and exit fees for tourists and BB residents ..
    That particular horse has bolted .
    That egg has been scrambled .
    It is an ex gift.
    It is no more .

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