Category Archives: Ethics

The push and pull of an all-consuming life

Do you ever get the sense that we live in a culture of gratification that says we should submit to our every whim, while at the same time demands we disavow our desires? On one hand, Nigella tells us that … Continue reading

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Desire, luxury and consuming our identity

Recent news that consumers in Adelaide are willing to pay $400 for a taste of Wagyu steak sounds ridiculous, but in reality, wanting something that others in your particular group can’t have is part of being human. Do you own … Continue reading

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The rise of American authoritarianism

Such an interesting thesis by Amanda Taub on Vox, and so much more cogent than the explanation for the current political climate as simply “anger”. This could be just as relevant for Australia (the rise of the ultra-conservative wing of … Continue reading

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Resistance is (mostly) futile: How buying nothing is harder than it looks (especially at Christmas time)

While there are thousands of people all over the world taking part in the “Buy Nothing” movement, along with a whole range of other groups of people doing what they can to reduce consumption, resistance to commerce is nothing new. The … Continue reading

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Our Hate-Love Relationship with Alcohol

In the 2015 Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Annual Alcohol Poll, 34 per cent of Australians said that they drink to get drunk, 43 per cent said they had vomited as a result of drinking, and 75 per cent … Continue reading

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Belle Gibson, the inspiration industry, and the willing suspension of disbelief

Belle fulfilled her main role as a member of the inspiration industry. She played her part in the inspirational theatre that supports the health and wellness sector. She did what the best products do.

She gave us hope. Continue reading

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Raise Your Wallet on ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day and its meaning is looking as if it is simply a brand opportunity for commercial businesses. Although it may look that way, I would argue that ANZAC is probably no different from many other “days” in Australia that … Continue reading

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