April 29, 2007

Ropes Attached

It isn't what you give that matters, so much as how you give it.

Madonna, having adopted a child from Malawi, appears to be taking steps to adopt the entire country, on condition that impoverished orphans be indoctrinated into her Kabbalah "faith".

One hopes that this is muck-raking, with no truth to it.

Madonna buys a nation ....

In blunt terms, if you are a good person and do good things you will have a nice life, and if you suffer misfortune, that's because you've been a bad person.

On Mrs Chapomba's desk is one belonging to one of the orphans. On one of the leaves, the child has written: "I had a bicycle accident because I did bad things"; on another: "When travelling I hit my foot on a stone because of the bad things I did."

Mrs Chapomba explains: "According to the teachings, because they have done bad things they must expect bad things to happen to them. When they do wrong they have a bad ending. When they do right they have a good ending." Simple.

There's an awful lot of that going around these days, playing into the Western predilection for blaming individuals for their circumstances, along with our force of will desperation to believe that merely wishing for something (and taking full credit) will bring it to magical fruition, a la, the obscenely popular, and Ebola like, The Secret - as evangelized by Oprah (of course).

I’m not exactly convinced that third world or developing nations have any use for these particular brands of weltanschauung.


  1. If this is true, Madonna is more vile than I ever thought... not that my opinion of her isn't already at gutter level.

  2. ALl we need now is for the scientologists to buy a country with the same conditions!

  3. Have you seen The Secret, Caz (or anybody else hanging around?) I have. It's vewy vewy scawy.

  4. Does this mean you watched the film, instead of reading the book?

    Hmm, silly question: you wouldn't have done either.

    Besides, The Secret is, you know, a really big secret, and everyone is keeping the secret to themselves, otherwise it wouldn't be a secret, would it?

    In other words, I wouldn't tell you if I'd seen it or not.

    Princess - there are plenty of volcano / alien spirit filled islands still up for grabs!

  5. Cubicle - I think it's ... unfortunate ... that her sudden spur to do good where it's very much needed is unnecessarily tainted.

  6. Anonymous9:58 PM

    "In Blunt terms"
    So you are a James Blunt fan eh Caz?

    As for Madonna. Ah.. Fuck 'er!
    I'm sure many have!( titters)

    Sorry couldn't resist that one!

  7. Anonymous10:03 PM

    Btw Caz, Whaddya think of the Lizards new hairdo huh?

  8. Oh Kath, you've got me beat: who is the Lizard? Or is that an alternate name for Blunt? (Nuh, can't say I'm a fan.)

  9. Anonymous6:52 PM

    Gizzard , Caz. Gizzard. Er.... Gillard! Yeah, finally got it right.
    Gee that woman gives me the pip!

  10. Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Actually I was mildly distracted by the news-type-person saying something about Lizard making a political gaff, or such.

    Alas, I didn't bother to watch the actual news, so I'll probably never know what her gaff was - unless it's in the online news, which I haven't had time to open yet.

    Having a hairdresser for a boyfriend can only end in tears Kath.

    It reminds me of the film Edward Scissorhands, how the Avon lady kept letting him cut her hair (after he had fallen out of favor with everyone) to try to cheer him up, but, of course, this became more and more challenging as she had less and less hair.

    Lizard is now firmly on that path.

  11. Apart from having less hair, she seems to have gone blonde?

  12. Anonymous8:09 PM

    That's a great analogy Caz!( chuckles)
    Yes, the writing is on the wall for Gillard.

    Soon she will cut off her nose to spite her face!(Which may not be such a bad thing given it's length)

    Gawd I'm such a bitch!!

  13. Initially I thought the cartoonists were being irrelevantly cruel Kath, and I had to remind myself to check her nose when I next saw her on the news, and ... well, blow me down, as it were, she really does have an unfortunate nose.

    I swear Rudd looks more and more like Mr Magoo every time I see him. It's becoming kinda weird ... trying to imagine Mr Magoo as our Prime Minister, and being our public and most esteemed face in foreign lands.


  14. Maybe a youngish Mr. Magoo.

    Unfortunate-nosed people need love too. Sniff.


  15. Anonymous11:33 AM

    "In blunt terms, if you are a good person and do good things you will have a nice life, and if you suffer misfortune, that's because you've been a bad person."

    This sounds very childish. Of course, there's no such thing as luck in life, is there?

  16. Nothing wrong with your nose Drunka!

    Yours is almost petite compared to Gillard's, but then, you're probably a bit prettier than she is too.

    Sacha - when you tell an orphan, whose parents have both died from AIDS, that bad things happen to them because they deserve it, well, jeez, that's not my idea of a life-affirming thing to teach a poor, hungry child, with none of the normal love, attention and security that a child needs - ya know?

    It's a little harsh to tell kiddies that they deserve this path in life.

    It's also a little harsh to teach them to believe that the future, which we can be sure will not be perfect, will also be their fault, when things go amiss - because they are "BAD".

    What ugly things to teach little children who already have so little, hey?

    Whatever happened to "spreading the love"? Must be an old fashioned idea.