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YES – Please

Hey- it’s my blog and I’ll lobby if I want to. And today I do want to encourage all Possumites to take action and do this one very, very important thing. “Are you up to it?” YES!

I was at a fabulous Ashton Media conference in the Hunter Valley last week, all about the latest in advertising and modern marketing. One example of great, purposeful work showcased video interviews supporting the YES vote in Australia’s impending postal vote on same-sex marriage. A typical ‘Aussie bloke’ father reflected on how he reacted to his son telling him that he – the son – was gay. The Dad came to realise this:

You’re not a weak person if you stand up and say: “I’m different.”

It was not how he had always felt. Or how his truck driver father had encouraged him to feel about people who were ‘different.’ It was how this Dad had evolved his thinking to acknowledge and accept his son’s beauty, strength, dignity and human rights. VOTE YES, says this Dad.

I certainly often feel uncomfortable when dealing with stuff which is different to how I am, what I know, what I like and how I see the world. I was also brought up in a country and at a time when the very law of the land kept people who were ‘different’ apart, so saw prejudice, bias and injustice at its most extreme.

I’m no deep thinker or sage-like figure. You know that. But what I do feel very strongly is that everyone deserves a shot at happiness. So long as we treat each other with respect, dignity and kindness, it’s completely okay to be ‘different’ in whatever way you are different from others…. And it is absolutely fair to expect and to have the same rights and opportunity.

So I am for sure putting in my postal vote… and I am voting YES.

If you’re not, on either of those counts, please … have your say. And please consider saying YES.

My friend Rob Irving shared this with me. It’s from one of his greatest heros, Hildegard of Bingen. I am not sure if it is exactly relevant here, but I like it, and it kind of fits.

“Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.”

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16 Responses to YES – Please

  1. Rosie Willis September 14, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Yes

    • Chris Savage September 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Yes! Indeed. Thanks!

  2. Richard de Crespigny September 14, 2017 at 10:20 am #

    I am voting YES. Differences disguise hidden strengths in other areas. We are a stronger and more resilient team-society when we welcome and protect people with diverse skill sets into our environment.

    • Chris Savage September 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks Richard!

  3. Tony Bonney September 14, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Yes Chris.

    • Chris Savage September 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

      Good to hear Tony!!

  4. Jaqui Lane September 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m voting YES and spending as much time as I can talking with those of my friends who are undecided and some who’ve said they’ll be voting no. That’s the real task, engaging people who don’t agree with you, or me . . and having an open discussion with them, finding out about why they are not sure or want to say No. So, get out there and talk to people who don’t agree.

    • Chris Savage September 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

      Agree!

  5. Clare Robinson September 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    I am a huge YES! After attending my amazing sisters’ wedding to her beautiful wife in the UK last year I can’t quite comprehend that this isn’t possible here. Hopefully it’s about to be! Thanks Chris!

    • Chris Savage September 15, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Thanks Clare!!

  6. Stephen September 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    Insightful post Chris.

    Differences should be celebrated. How boring would life be if everyone was the same? I’m yet to hear a rational argument to vote No.

    I’ll be voting YES!

    • Chris Savage September 15, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Good for you, Stephen!!!

  7. Jane September 14, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    Thanks Chris. Your post means a lot. I have been in a (same sex) relationship with my partner for 23 years and we have 2 teenage children. I hate seeing this debate being played out in the media and our leaders delegating decision making. Here’s to an inclusive and compassionate Australia. Fingers crossed!

    • Chris Savage September 15, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks Jane- appreciate the comment. Fingers crossed indeed. Chris

  8. Maha Krishnapillai September 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Yes of course .. to strength in diversity.

    • Chris Savage September 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks Maha!!!

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