My name is meika von samorzewski. I am a 37-year-old Australian male
with a Master of Applied Science (Social Ecology). I have been on some
form of social support since I was 19. My partner Mona has submitted a PhD
thesis and we have a one-year-old daughter, Ulrike.
Some of these things have been given to me (my surname, my maleness).
Some of these things I have chosen (the name meika). Some have been given
as a result of choices made sometime ago (my dolebludgering) and while
some are me, others are we (Mona, IVF and Ulrike).
These choices and decisions are made not because we know everything
about the whole world, (though as adolescents we know that we do) but
because we know what we like (long hair, stovepipe trousers, rainforest).
It's even easier when we know what we do not like (mullet haircuts,
suits, red sports cars). It's easier to reject than to select.
When there are too many choices and not enough time, prejudice is the
only answer. Only the dead have enough time to be truly unbiased. To be
alive is to prefer this over that.
We are partial to some things (chocolate, alcohol) and not others
(tofu, castor oil). We are biased to worry about some things (environment)
more than others (morality).
We can set these up in opposition, for it makes story-telling easier,
at least on the listener (Liberal versus Labor, League versus Union, City
We can even choose to mix the two (drink soymilk to save the
rainforest), in which doing something one does not like (drinking soymilk)
as a penance, a sacrifice or discipline gains or saves what one does
prefer (rainforest). The ascetic sitting on top of a pole rotting in the
wind is an extreme example (body sacrificed in order to reach and extol
some spiritual value). There need be no discernible connection (whether
logical, emotional or sympathetic) between the two other than the choice
These are symbolic and cultural actions, the meaning of which changes
with time. Particularly as one grows older.
The choices I made as a young man in creating my adult identity I now
have to deal with today. Some I can live with (my favourite SF novels),
some can be unmade (long hair), some can be forgotten (stovepipe trousers)
and some can be ignored (anarchist dilettantism).
But some choices are unchangeable and unchanging. Some choices create
ineffectual futures, times in which past sacrifices are nullified not
When I was young my choices in both selection and rejection where
informed by a 'green' sensitivity. In particular I rejected economic
growth as the panacea for all ills. This was based on the fact that human
economic systems are totally dependent on natural ecological systems.
Either through disturbing them (agriculture, forestry) or mining them
(petroleum or iron ore). This fact acted as the justification for my
choices to try and shrink the economy as much as possible. Untrammeled
growth will damage the environment in ways we cannot predict or even
believe (ozone hole, global warming, toxic ecosystems like the Aral Sea).
This position on growth was equally critical of command and market
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