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.”