News Ltd ran this piece on Saturday. The threat of political destruction has apparent effect. Determining who penned this stuff one could imagine that Bob Brown hacked into the authoring minister's computer. No, it was Labor's parliamentary, viper-tongued, Craig Emerson, the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness. GC.Ed.
If our neighbours or peers have a new gadget, we must have it. If their kids have the coolest brand of jogging shoes, ours must have them. If they have been to Bali, then we must go to Bali, too. Having worked like dogs to acquire the next bauble, we quickly, according to psychologists, tire of it and set out to acquire the next one, which will surely be the source of unsurpassable joy. And so it goes on. We work harder, become more anxious and suffer grievous emotional harm when a peer acquires the bauble before us.
All around us, nature displays its wonders. Sit on your porch or balcony at dusk and you will bear witness to the birds returning after a day on the wing, chattering about their experiences in a gorgeous cacophony.
Marvel at the astonishing beauty of flowers enticing bees to visit them and carry pollen to their mates so that they might create even more stunning offspring.
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