HAS AUSTRALIA LOST ITS HEART?
Some are saying that Australia has lost its heart. It appears that this may be true when we consider the plight of refugees, the increase in numbers of homeless people, and the rising mental health issues (to name just a few of the social problems around us). Then there's the indifference, or even worse, the outright opposition to any humanitarian approaches to these issues. We hear in the media and in pub conversations words like "illegals", "dole bludgers", and "junkies" used as ways of dismissing the depth of underlying needs that people experiencing marginalisation experience.
But I am thankful that I get to hear the voices of a different Australia mixed in with these negative messages. I hear people like Jan, who was on a corporate educational walk a few weeks ago who, after hearing some of the back stories to people Urban Seed walks with, emotionally stated that she had never realised that it could be so bad and asked what she could do to help. She said that she felt deeply moved when she walked past people sleeping rough and she wanted to get involved but she didn’t know how. This opened up a good and caring conversation.