Friday, August 17, 2007

New Australian Law Won't Solve the Problem

I was very concerned to read about the new law just passed :

It is billed as: "FEDERAL Parliament passed new laws giving Canberra unprecedented control over the lives of Northern Territory Aborigines, critics asked how much of the package was actually concerned with stopping the sexual abuse of children."

But in fact it wrests responsibility and authority from the family, further degrading the family unit. As such it can't help but cause more trouble. Australia has a long history of suppressing Aboriginal Australians. After centuries of destroying the culture are they surprised to find it has deteriorated?

A much better solution would be one of restoring self respect and cultural pride, such as a program based on The Way to Happiness.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Should Parents Try to Teach their Kids to Drive?

There's a terrific video clip on the The Way to Happiness web site to illustrate the precept "Love and Help Children."

It brought back so many memories when I watched it.

(It is a vignette showing a dad teacher his daughter how to drive a car).

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I must say I admire the dad in this video clip. I can't say mine was much like him at all!

What is it about teaching people to drive a car that can bring out the worst in people? I remember this one time when I was a very young child and my father was teaching my mom to drive. He was constantly barking orders at her and she got completely confused. She was trying to learn to drive a standard shift car in a town with these hellacious hills--the kind where you need to ride with your emergency brake in order to start the car after you've stopped. She had all of us three kids in the back seat and my dad flaying her with constant barbs about her incompetence, and she finally stamped on the brake, got out and slammed the door (on an incline to die for).

I wouldn't let my father near me when it came to learning to drive! No thank you very much. I paid a professional who had no personal stake in the matter to teach me. I was smart. I wasn't sure who would have come out alive if I'd let my father try to teach me.

Anyway -- here's the video! If you click on the link under the video they have it set up for you to be able to copy the code onto your own blog or email it to a friend.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

These were released last month by David Miscavige at an international Scientology event. They are starting to air now on national TV shows, and they exist in quite a few languages.

I have always loved this booklet because it is such a simple basic set of precepts and it really will help anyone live a happier life just by reading and applying it.

But now, with these videos, you can share it with anyone and it these video clips are so compelling, so expressive, so aesthetic that it makes it even easier to share them.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion