Open Let­ter

GQ (Australia) - - DIRECTORY -

Dear world, It’s time we sit down, have a lengthy chat and de­cide to get on. No, really, it is. Enough of the machismo and the di­vi­sion – enough of the ex­clu­sion and the killing – let’s fnd a nice spot by the pool, a few gar­ish-coloured ba­nana lounges, a bucket of Aperol spritz (fne, vir­gin equiv­a­lents for some) and work out how we link hands and em­brace one an­other like we’re back rav­ing at a ’90s Manch­ester ware­house. See, the world to­day is clogged with neg­a­tiv­ity and fear. Fuck, Pauline Hanson’s again found a plat­form, Jac­qui Lam­bie’s shrill tones are get­ting air­play (and sup­port) with the far right and ob­tuse no­tions of na­tion­al­ism ris­ing across nearly ev­ery western cul­ture. Of course, over this lo­cal, red­neck fence sit the ex­trem­ists of other cul­tures, those fnd­ing lever­age on lit­tle more than a de­sire to in­fict pain and in­still fear. As we see it, it’s about ev­ery­one making some heart-crossed prom­ises that go be­yond the shitty and the su­per­f­cial – be­yond your BP rep game and quest to only live off green juices gar­nished by cauli­fow­ers. Ditch the selfes, and self­sh­ness, and look fur­ther afeld than your lit­tle plot in this world. A dif­fer­ence can be made if we all make a gen­uine play at en­gag­ing those around us – re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion, sex­u­al­ity, cir­cum­stance or footy-team fan­dom. We need to re­turn to the sim­ple equa­tion that we are all the same – and make 2016 the year in which we en­gage be­yond stub­born so­cial sets or friend­ship groups based on money, ma­te­ri­al­ism or things even more mean­ing­less. Di­vi­sion and hate is fu­eled by ig­no­rance and ideas of su­pe­ri­or­ity. Fact. So reach out to those around, know­ing you’re not, and never will be, bet­ter than the next man or woman. Oh, and pass the Aperol, thanks.

Sin­cerely,

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