Letters to the editor

LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to kathrine.catanzariti@fairfaxmedia.com.au.
LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to kathrine.catanzariti@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Free camping

Thank you to Kimba for the low cost camping. We stayed and shopped there and enjoyed our stay.

We will be back and tell others about Kimba.

DAVID & ROBYN RICKERTT

Rockhampton

Life can be simple

Confucius is attributed with the oft cited quote "Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated."

Today's society provides a plethora of examples whereby the pursuit of high tech living and all things electronic has seen a corresponding increase in the level of complexity of once simple, easy and uncomplicated human endeavours or interpretations.

People today seem scared of simplicity and are determined to ensure that complexity is the dominant factor with their language, actions and responses, in an effort to convey the impression that a high level of intelligence and infinite wisdom has to match our ever increasing passion for complex and ever changing technology.

Many of our politicians have perfected this art, particularly when answering a question requiring a simple answer.

Listening to Question Time or media interviews readily provides numerous examples where a direct yes/no answer would have sufficed but instead the response has been verbose, with deep analysis required to interpret what they actually said, if they said anything at all.

It used to be "ask a straight question, get a straight answer", but this has been superseded by "ask a simple question, get a convoluted and totally irrelevant response".

Our legal system, once simple and decisive, is now an institution constantly derided for its inability to reach direct and relevant conclusions relating to the guilt and punishment of criminals.

Murderers receive sentence discounts and early release, rapists have walked free due to complex technical interpretations of “legal jargon” and the criminal receives more consideration and compassion than the actual victim.

Much of the blame for this enigma rests solely with the complex, diverse and differing interpretations of once simple legal terms by lawyers who take great delight in assisting criminals to diminish their level of responsibility by playing semantics with plain English and turning it into “legal speak”. 

As a result, convictions occupy an enormous amount of time and energy, with many times the final verdict being unpalatable to the majority of law abiding citizens.

This growing trend in our society is best compared to the group of young children who wanted a piece of play equipment for their nearby park.

Following their submission to council, a number of detailed proposals and options were investigated.

After lengthy and costly consultation, five concept plans were presented to the children for their consideration.

Each of the concepts presented were more complex and costly than the other, not meeting the children's original submission: two pieces of rope, an old tyre, fixed to the overhanging branch of a tree to make a swing.

Many things are simple but only if we want or allow them to be.

IAN MACGOWAN

​Ceduna

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