Gretel Killeen

In a Perfect Place

(Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash)

Lately, I’ve been musing on what a perfect place would look like, and how far away from it we truly are.

 

In a perfect place, potato chips wouldn’t make you fat. In a perfect place, beans wouldn’t make you fart. In a perfect place, we’d worship values, not the dollar. In a perfect place, the values we espouse would be reflected in our actions.

In a perfect place, we’d dare to believe in the miraculous limitlessness of existence. In a perfect place, we’d have no need to be scared. In a perfect place, we’d have no desire to persecute others. In a perfect place, we’d know there’s enough of everything for everyone.

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In a perfect place, we’d all be precious. In a perfect place, we’d understand that both suffering and privilege are largely due to luck. In a perfect place, we would all be empowered to fulfill our own potential.

In a perfect place, we’d know that life is not a competition. In a perfect place, our men wouldn’t kill our women, our kids wouldn’t kill themselves. In a perfect place, people seeking asylum wouldn’t be slowly killed in detention to teach other people a lesson.

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A perfect place would not be built on the foundations of fearful weakness—but on the boundless possibilities of bravery, generosity, wisdom, imagination, and kindness.

In a perfect place, we’d treat the planet like a goddess, not like a public toilet. In a perfect place, we’d practice the truth that we are all just part of the whole—and that our success depends on one another—all plants, all animals, the air, land, sea, and bugs.

In a perfect place, “our success” would not be measured by a stock market.

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In a perfect place, we’d have exceptional leaders—selfless, intelligent, humble, and honest.  In a perfect place, our leaders wouldn’t waste our time blurting bullshit—that none of us believe anyway.

In a perfect place, our leaders would speak from the heart, not a script. In a perfect place, our leaders wouldn’t need to take a course in empathy. In a perfect place, our leaders would be positive role models, not self-serving dullards intent on rewarding their own greed and cruel cowardice.

In a perfect place, our leaders would build a nation based on freedom, respect, fairness, and equality of opportunity—and not just write about it on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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In a perfect place, it would be wholeheartedly understood that you cannot just water some of the plants and expect the whole garden to flourish.

 

Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen is the author of more than twenty books. At various times she hosts radio and television programs across the country, works as a journalist, stand-up comic and voice artist, and writes and directs feature films and documentaries.

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