Andrew Hamilton poses questions on how we treat others

Consulting Editor of Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton, invites us to ask some hard questions of ourselves in the wake of an Australian election campaign in which the two parties capable of achieving government offered only a race to the bottom, appealing overwhelmingly to the baser aspects of human nature. He wonders how we will act, when faced with the increasing economic stresses brought on by an aging population and other strains on resources.

“In coming years we might expect the categories of those excluded from the claims of our shared humanity to become broader. They will include other unpopular, excluded and disadvantaged people within the community. The ageing of the population, the pressure on revenue and the expectation that we shall continue to enjoy the same wealth and services as before will mean that governments will be unable to meet all their commitments.

It is natural for governments in such circumstances to cut the support it gives to the disadvantaged, whether they be Indigenous communities, unemployed or addicted. This is easier when the sense of a shared humanity is weak. They can then be portrayed as other than us, and their claim to a shared humanity to be diminished by such qualities we attribute to them as laziness, addiction, innate stupidity and antisocial tendencies. Their support will then be measured, not by their need as human beings, but by their lesser status. It can be measured out to them as a gift conditioned by compliance with whatever conditions we impose on them.”

Dr John Demartini on achieving wealth through “financial gurus”

If you’re looking for an alternative way to earn a living beyond the insecure daily grind which has become work for most of us these days, you’ve probably been attracted to one of those ‘Work from Home’ of ‘Get Rich Quick’ seminars.

Don’t get me wrong. Some of them can give you absolutely valuable information and motivation. Most of them are trying to sell you something. Sometimes it may be worth every cent. But sometimes it’s the digital equivalent of the old proverbial snake oil.

Here’s what Dr John Demartini, psychologist and a noted presenter at wealth seminars himself, has to say about this.

Dr John Demartini – The lie about wealth told by “gurus”

I think he injects a healthy note of caution into this quest, of which we could well take heed.

Occasionally we find a gem out there, but much of what is being offered is fool’s gold.