“Can anybody hear me?” I turn and peer into the darkness, My mind a little weary. The altitude kaleidoscope the chorus Of a formless song. Sing, “I’m here. I’m here.” The volcanic light beneath my feet, Erupting smoke pirouettes over me. A gentle hand, a stroke across the cheek. “Mother? Is that you?” Succumbed to ennui. I choke, the fumes sting as I sing, “I’m … Continue reading Can Anybody Hear Me?
Phenomenology attempts to understand consciousness and takes perceptions seriously and whilst historical insofar as its approach is descriptive, the person or individual is something concrete in a world where everything is interconnected through time and space. The mind is not isolated; every mental act is directed outwardly to the world and toward something or what is referred to as intentionality, and the first person experience … Continue reading 5 Minutes of Heidegger
Is the sadness you feel real when no one is there to comfort you, when you are alone and lying in bed thinking about how those that have hurt you are completely oblivious to such an experience, perhaps on the contrary where they believe that no wrongdoing exists at all? What happens when you speak of the wrongdoing and they deny you, perhaps reverse this … Continue reading 5 Minutes of Dante
Twenty years ago, the European Union began discussions with the Mercosur bloc of countries in South America – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – and only recently this historic agreement was officially signed that will successfully reduce billions of dollars in costs for both sides. The EU-Mercosur deal will both strengthen the relationship with European countries by removing duties on goods and improving an integrated … Continue reading European Union Hypocrisy
Food plays a vital part in our lives and relationships, where our culinary preferences bring us communities and families together and unite us with something joyful and memorable. Steeped in tradition, chefs and anthropologists alike travel the world in search for different products and recipes, how regional differences in taste and method authenticate originality of some dishes. It is the global voice that articulates hospitality, … Continue reading The Politics of Food: A Case Of The Falafel
When I first started my undergraduate degree at 18, I absolutely hated the Prime Minister at the time, John Howard. Admittingly, I appreciated his decision on banning guns early during his ministry, but as time progressed and more and more bad policy choices were being made, I started to doubt his ability to represent the Australian people. While the September 11 attacks changed the international … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 6 ~ Political Prisoner in Burma
When I first met Patrick Stokes earlier this year, I told him point blank that I don’t believe in love. He had a very concerned expression on his face, a kind of questionable look that said, “O, what have I gotten myself into?” But, what I really wanted to say was that I don’t believe in the definition of love as people have defined it … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 5 ~ Kierkegaard on Love and Selfhood
Hi everyone, thank you for joining me on the Moral Traveller. Today I will be interviewing Professor Michelle Tuckey from the University of South Australia on the subject of workplace bullying.
This podcast is all about human rights, but also about our personal stories and I want to talk more than I usually would in advance of my interview, because I myself was a victim of bullying. It is a very personal and very challenging story of mine to share, but I think about Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old woman who experienced bullying from the men that she worked with at a local café in Melbourne, who ultimately took her own life, and it is heartbreaking to know that there so many people who have suffered from bullying as I have.
Bullying behaviour in the workplace is not simply just openly obvious and irresponsible behaviour such as yelling, swearing and intimidation, but can include also psychological harassment such as excluding or isolating, being assigned with meaningless work or being completely overworked, undermining work performance among so much more. People who experience bullying in the workplace can develop stress, depression or anxiety, are prone to illness, sleeplessness and insomnia, and at its worst, suicidal behaviour.
It took me many years after the experience to recover, and I changed from job to job out of complete fear that I will be bullied again, pushing people that care about me away, and having incredibly low self-esteem in my work as well as my physical appearances. All my confidence was taken from me.
It started with him saying comments about me to other workers, and they disclosed to me nasty things that he was saying, which made me feel incredibly uncomfortable and isolated. Even directly to me, whenever I would talk he would cut me off, complain, roll his eyes, or sigh really loudly, constantly belittling and undermining me, and he was often aggressive about it where I actually felt like I had to stay silent.Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 4 ~ Workplace Bullying”
Ethiopia is sub-Saharan country in Africa surrounded by Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. Once called Abyssinia, King Menelik I is traditionally believed to have been the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, and its ports along the Red Sea became an important trade route with Arabia and the Roman empire, the Byzantines bringing Coptic Christianity into the region that eventually became … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16
Sara talks to Denis Dragovic, senior fellow at the University of Melbourne on the subject of religion and rebuilding countries after war. Denis’ professional career encompasses the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked as a civil engineer on multi-million dollar construction projects, led humanitarian aid missions in several war zones, consulted to United Nations agencies, lectured at the University of Melbourne, directed corporate and philanthropic fundraising at Australian Red Cross and now sits on the Australian government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal Continue reading Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War