I am not a curious person, ladies and gentlemen, so it is well that I ended up sharing my life with my True Love and that we had two lovely, inquisitive boys. It is a truism, but without them, I would be the lesser.
There is much to be learnt from the curiosity of children.
There was a time when those two boys would chastise their father and me if we stepped on an ant.
We encouraged this interest in the environment and environmental conservation. For one of our young men, this encouragement has lead to his pursuing studies and employment (career might be too strong a word) in environmental management, even though employment prospects do not look bright in this field.
Australia subsidises fossil-fuel industries for the employment that generates. Perhaps there is another way of spending those subsidies? I have a vision for the future that services to the environment will be a growth industry. There is much to be done to protect our native wildlife and flora, including from our own destructive industry and land-use policies.
We hope our young man will eventually get a job. At the moment, he is working for free while he finishes his studies. Of course, it is not only regions where rich men want to put in coal mines or the like, that have an unemployment problem. However, you wouldn’t guess that from the current political narrative.
Think about it, ladies and gentlemen. Free enterprise is often not free.
This is my response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge — Future and the Ragtag Daily Challenge — Most Desirable. In addition, because it is Friday in Australia, it is also time for my Friday song day. I’ll spare you the song about the children being our future. Our future depends on all of us. Let’s not stuff it up.
(All photos, apart from the wombat, were taken by my True Love.)