Causes of failure in fighting the pandemic
Underpinning the failure to contain the coronavirus is the ill-advised decision of those who, early this century, moved vital education into the world of capitalist competition. At the heart of capitalism there is an ethical void. The capitalist system never had any chance of producing genuine education or adequate training. (The AGE: Pandemic Pay Win as Aged Care Alarm Grows. 28/7)
When Nationally Registered Training (NRT) was made mandatory for celebrants in 2003, at least 48 “providers” – most of them non-celebrants — were approved by the Federal Attorney-General to certify celebrants. I, and my fellow educationists, went into screech mode as we tried to expose their irresponsibility. I witnessed and still witness skilled exploiters working out how to undercut the competition. Inter alia, they abbreviate training content, cut time in the assessment of students, and subtly discourage persons from continuing the paid-for course, so they can charge less and beat the competition.
The Federal Attorney General’s Department and many others, skilled in agnotology, accepted everyone’s certificate as equal. No one ever failed. You paid your money and you got your certificate.
So why I am not surprised that security guards enjoyed “rolls in the hay” with isolated single women in quarantine? Why am I not surprised when some aged care workers contribute unwittingly to spreading the virus?
Ray Dahlitz (1926-2015) – a true contributor
I knew Ray (and his partner Rosslyn) as movers and shakers in the Humanist society. Ray worked all his life to make the world a better place for its own sake. He had no “supernatural infrastructure” to support him, as he strongly concluded from his university days, that no religious system stood up to scrutiny.
He was a wonderful help to me in the establishment days of the Civil Celebrant Program in Australia. It was established by our mutual friend Attorney-General Lionel Murphy – the first “Humanist of the Year”. We avoided the trap of having “Humanist Celebrants” and “Civil Celebrants“.
The Funeral Ceremony was very enlightening. Raised in the Depression Ray had periods when the money ran out the only food his family could give a young boy was bread and dripping.
He made a great success of his business life as CEO of the firm Waproo which manufactures paper and other products. His staff, from what I was told, idolised him.
I will always remember him as a warm, friendly, personable and hospitable human being.
WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
We Australians (where Civil Marriage Celebrants were established in 1973) were reading these selections from children’s books over thirty years ago. I do not know how many times I have read the Velveteen Rabbit, or quotes from the Little Prince, or the Princess Bride. But the Brits think they have discovered something bright and new !