Thursday, December 27, 2012

Distraction & the Need for Moral Guidance

Ours is an age of distraction. The background to our lives is the white noise of inconsequential television programs, pompous pundits, shrill talkback callers, ten second news grabs, and the cult of celebrity. In this environment, the need for contemplation and some introspection becomes compelling; a time to stop and think; to make our way, guided by a moral compass, a bearing that divines our best instincts.

From:  The Third Annual Manning Clark Lecture - "A Time for Reflection:Political Values in the Age of Distraction," delivered by the Hon Paul Keating at the National Library of Australia on Sunday 3 March 2002.

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