|Made a couple of attempts earlier this year to enumerate what has rapidly become an overload of "retirement" interests, but have more recently become concerned that "the powers that be" are getting away with more and more nonsense through spreading the resistance of competent progressives very thin. There are just too many good causes demanding attention, so it becomes increasingly important to say about some: "That is not my issue," no matter how sympathetic you may instinctively be. Correspondingly, there needs to be understanding and acceptance amongst natural allies that no individual can contribute effectively on all fronts. Such decisions become easier when you aren't enthusiastic about the current framing of an issue, such as for me, gay marriage, which I think asks the wrong question, as I would ultimately prefer the state to get out of the business of partnership ceremonies. It is a bit harder for causes you empathise with but have become so intractable that you don't see yourself bringing anything significant to the table. Most calls to help the under privileged now fall there, though with notable exceptions. I've always had a bias towards fostering talent, not confusing equal opportunity with outcome equalisation. Regarding it as essential to remain open to evidence, my concerns about "the economy" don't fit well with known framings, so the best I can do is chip away with subversive memes buried in broader presentations. Let me switch back to the top of my list, to the still too many things I'm trying to progress.|
My theoretical first priority remains the advancement of Emergence/Systems/Complexity theory, primarily through Kororoit Institute and Emergence Meetup. The vocabulary and induction problems remain key motivators, even while I have this year paused after 4 years intensive cellular automata data gathering. This informs my two word answer to is/ought? Exploring Possibilities!
My practical first priority is transport planning, brought recently into urgent focus by Dividing Melbourne Authority's absurd East-East tunnel proposal, when I'd much prefer to be encouraging a broader move of planning into the wider community of interest, with distant time horizons that better contextualise near term priorities and real attention to detail.
My human community priority has moved quickly to encompass the groundswell of collaboration, sharing, open and the commons, all recently re-envisaged through long anticipated digital developments. This has become my sixth and most active pillar of TransHumanism. It is immediately focused on Hub Melbourne and Footscray Maker Lab.
My environmental community priority is increasingly divided between home and vacation territories. One is centrally concerned with the Moonee Ponds Creek within a broader context of waterways and grasslands on our side of town. The other is concerned with Cumberland River and the broader Great Ocean Road coast, particularly my old diving territory.
If it stopped there, I might find it a bit easier to prioritise, but there are a host of legacy causes I don't even want to let go, yet which have no hope of much more than passing attention. These are from near 50 years in computing with focus on publishing, education in the broadest sense and business incubation; from my 35 years intense involvement in local cricket and footy, Strathmore and administration; and the even more complex legacies of my mother's Big Life.
Of the big progressive causes I can't let go, our relationship with indigenous Australians remains top of the list. It is far beyond racism and is being brought into better focus by the works of John Bradley, Bill Gammage and especially Lynne Kelly who situates pre-literate knowledge preservation at a safe distance from the kind of religious nonsense that was used against it. We have more to learn from them than they from us.
The Sydney Swans provide a manageable connection to AFL that started when John Coleman was still playing at Windy Hill. Atheist Meetups have had a comparable social role for several years, the source of several new friendships, providing the history to strongly support Jason Ball's timely campaign against homophobia in footy as well as introducing me to Adam Ford and Patrick Robotham. While I have a strong secular view against government privileging religion, I'm beyond bored with actual arguments against religious nonsense, and much more interested in how we might provide charitable support for communities that don't want religious intrusion.