The 18th March Project – Post 1

A brother from another mother (hurrah for rakhis!) asked me to write everyday as my birthday present to him.

It’s an unusual present, and one that is very selfless, because he frankly doesn’t gain anything from this.

The one condition is that I publish something every 15 days.

So here’s a post that brings together a few things I love: farming, TV, equal opportunity.

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10 things I’ve learned about farming in Australia from watching McLeod’s daughters:

  1. It’s expensive to run a property.
  2. It isn’t the most rewarding work for your farmhands either.
  3. If you go organic, the whole property needs to be organic, and that can take 5 years to happen.
  4. It’s a good idea not to remove ‘weeds’- they keep the soil together and their roots prevent water from running away too fast.
  5. Australia has officials who determine who has the right to use water, and how much.
  6. Aussie farms don’t all have merino sheep ( 6th grade me feels quite let down).
  7. Fences need to be checked and repaired frequently, or cows might get out. Or sheep. Or llamas.
  8. People steal cattle. Yes, even in this day and age. Guard your stock.
  9. Make sure you aren’t foolhardy, but learn to take some risks.
  10. Use water wisely.

Day 17 100word100days Pick a proverb and write a pseudo-serious article

249 words containing intent that I do not subscribe to (except on those very, very, very gloomy days.)

Never do any good

The world has become a complicated, unworthy place. Rose Tynt-Glaasis delves into why therapists are now telling their patients “Not to bother”.

Ancient wisdom tells us that No good deed ever goes unpunished. Research recently concluded by the Institute for the Study of Human Error, Laziness and Lack of Interest (IS-HELL) suggests that this is true. Almost all those who were surveyed by IS-HELL said they had been targeted for their good deeds (and well-meant deeds, as well), even to the point of being cyber-bullied and getting extra work to do.

Even those who had not yet had the chance to do anything good felt pressured to shy away from it. An overwhelming 90% of respondents claimed they had been unable to offer anyone a free lunch, because of the burden of the other party’s expectation of having to return the favour.

The most frequent internal response after committing a good deed has now become shame and self-loathing (43%), followed by pain and suffering (29%), intense discomfort (21%) with a small percentage (7%) still maintaining that doing something nice or good made them feel warm and fuzzy.

This has led psychiatrists all over the world to discourage acts of kindness, compassion, and empathy by their patients. “We have been forced to take this decision because we are at risk of exposing our patients to more pain and heartache,” said Dr. Phil Maipane. “It was something we fought against for a long time. Finally we gave in, because resistance is futile.”

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Day 18: A conversation between a noun and a pronoun