Spring comes to the South

Here in Sydney, 1st September marks the beginning of spring, and while our little front garden doesn’t get enough sun to have yet heard the call, the neighbouring street are bearing offerings.

Taken on the streets of Newtown, September 2020

It must be so hard for those in the Northern Hemisphere who have endured a shut-in summer to now be going into the longer, darker nights without the usual period of rejuvenation. Here, we are all taking precautions, but are functionally reasonably unrestricted. Our numbers of new Covid cases each day are hovering below 20, and that shifts the emphasis to test-and-trace over a more complete lockdown strategy.

Life as driven by how we thought the economy worked, however, is over. The jobs that are gone are not coming back. The jobs that are there are creeping into being characterised by precarity and employers asking more and more of their employees, without offering compensation. Our Government, right at the time when they could do the most help by creating public service jobs in a huge range of areas that would be of value to the electorate it supposedly serves (employment support services, higher education, specialised pedagogy, science, journalism, new forms of broadcast entertainment) has instead seized on this as a gift of an opportunity to get away with gutting public sector work and any industries its grift-bloated, boorish representatives don’t like.

cherry blossom

But we are seeing more daylight inch in, and warmer breezes pick us up. And all my endlessly clever, talented, indefatigable friends are being clever, talented and indefatigable. I don’t see a way through for any of us yet, but that just means I need to do more research, consult more people who know things, and be ready to support changes for the better when it becomes apparent what they are. My child still has six years of high school where he’s safe, while we re-shape the functionality of the world around him. There is a chance, a slim chance, that the cracks from which this crisis has ripped the paper-thin veneer, now that they must be seen, may be used to build the walls into new shapes.

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