Moral ob­so­lutes

The Observer - - OPINION NEWS -

THE re­sults of the 2016 Cen­sus un­cov­ered trends in recre­ation, re­gions, race, re­la­tion­ships and re­li­gion.

With the evo­lu­tion of week­ends as just an­other two days in the week, it is ob­vi­ously ex­ploited by shops and venues which can pay its ca­su­als mid-weekly rates, now be­ing le­git­imised by govern­ment pol­icy.

Since the last Cen­sus, the trend in re­li­gion is that most have de­clared they have no re­li­gion. That is de­bat­able!

Ob­jects of wor­ship don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be a god, some idol or fig­ure­head.

Emo­tions, com­mit­ment and ob­ses­sions can be im­posed on ob­jects, ac­tiv­i­ties, peo­ple or even sport.

Since Sun­day is no longer a sa­cred day set aside for re­li­gious at­ten­dance at a church build­ing, as it had even 50 years ago, wor­ship­ping God to­gether, it is now re­placed by other ac­tiv­i­ties such as sport, shop­ping or out­ings for recre­ation.

Tra­di­tions which were once em­bed­ded in the Aus­tralian cul­ture are now fluid and flex­i­ble, with some dis­carded al­to­gether.

Any won­der that crime is es­ca­lat­ing, where morals and ethics are rel­a­tive.

Right is right and wrong is wrong and not up for de­lib­er­a­tion. Moral ab­so­lutes and truth are non-ne­go­tiable. — Eloise Rowe Tan­num Sands

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