The welfare state is unsustainable economically, socially and morally.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
That damned flag
In today's HOS this photo appears with the by-line:
It’s not over yet, but it looks like the old flag, left, will win out over the new in the upcoming referendum.
A friend gave me a book yesterday called Who moved my cheese? which is a little parable about accepting change.
After I finished it I thought, I still don't like that damn flag.
I have listened to all the sensible arguments for change yet when I look at the photo above I feel something for the flag on the left that I don't for the flag on the right. So maybe I am letting emotion override logic?
How can I have feelings for a set of colours and lines?
I suppose as an artist (I allowed myself to think in terms of being an artist when I started to sell paintings and receive commissions and had to describe how I earned income) I live and breathe colours and lines. And when it comes to what I like - which heavily influences what I produce - it's about beauty, harmony and depth. I hate art that merely serves a purpose or expresses some deep-seated anxiety or is invented only to shock.
But it is virtually impossible to describe why certain colours and lines evoke a good emotional response. And I have never wanted to analyse it.
The current flag is far more aesthetically pleasing to me than the alternative.
Lindsay Mitchell has been researching and commenting on welfare since 2001. Many of her articles have been published in mainstream media and she has appeared on radio,tv and before select committees discussing issues relating to welfare. Lindsay is also an artist who works under commission and exhibits at Wellington, New Zealand, galleries.