Is beauty now in the eye of the Body Mass Index?
The Elites are back in town – that is those people who tell us endlessly that they know better than the rest of us how we should eat, drink and presumably be merry or melancholy are back with a vengeance.
And they are never satisfied – their self belief is ever growing if you give in a bit they push even further to enhance their power and control.
Not satisfied with demanding new taxes for alcohol to make it so expensive that they can kill the wine industry and dictate what and when we drink, they then move on to tell us what we can or cannot eat and how we should look.
The method of persuasion for food is not tax but censorship. Let’s censor ads for food so that we can force everybody to look like their paradigm of what is healthy. No room for people who are too fat and presumably too thin as well. They will control the descriptor of the desired outcome. They will supply the test – the BMI – body mass index.
Wow! Presumably by preventing advertising of certain food they consider unhealthy we will all become clones of each other by complying with the body image they consider desirable and disease will be eradicated.
What happened to good old fashioned concepts of diversity. Seems the old adage of beauty is in the eye of the beholder takes on a whole new meaning. Beauty will be judged by the BMI and the Elites who say you will be healthy – we have ways of making it so.
The freedom to be an individual and make choices for oneself and one’s family is not to be surrendered. We need laws to make our society cohesive – not laws to diminish our freedom.
We need leaders who allow us to be merry not Elites who make us melancholy.
Individuals are the engine of change
This week an interesting group called Results Australia convened a public meeting in my electorate to discuss achieving the millenium goals designed to eliminate extreme poverty in the world. One hundred and fifty people came and participated with the panel of speakers of which I was one.
For me the single most effective tool we have is the use of micro finance whereby small loans are given to individuals to establish a small enterprise by purchasing, for instance, a sewing machine. This formula has proved very successful and enables women in particular, to experience freedom and financial independence for the first time. The ensuing benefit to family and village is enormous.
We currently give 0.25% of GDP ($4 billion a year) by way of overseas aid and many want that to become 0.7%.
I believe we should enlarge our micro finances program as a percentage of what we give. Because the aid is in the form of a loan it means the capital sum gets re-used and the track record of repayment is strong. Again it is women who are the best re-payers.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Head of the Rural Economics Program at the University of Chittagong was the originator of this type of micro credit.
Practical aid by Rotary International has been the engine of virtually wiping out polio. Rotary in Australia is the engine of the program to send treated mosquito nets to East Timor which has dramatically reduced infant mortality.
Results Australia is a group of people who are tireless in promoting the millennium goals. The questions they posed at the Poverty Forum, “where should our money be going?” and “how can you and I make a difference?” are sound.
The examples of individuals leading the way are awesome. Whether it is Muhammad Yunus, Rotarians or Dr Catherine Hamlin and her Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, it is those individuals with vision and compassion who ultimately drag governments in the right direction.
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