Power and privilege in our own backyard

The election is over and, after 9 years, New Zealand has a different government. As with any election, hopes are high for some that this will mean better lives for the more marginalized in New Zealand society, while others are concerned about how much that better life for others will cost them to contribute to in taxes.

For one young man called Sagar Narayan and his family, the new government means that he will have his case with immigration looked at again. Mr Narayan was due to be deported from New Zealand to his native Fiji because he has an intellectual disability, and his future care was previously deemed to cost the health system in this country too much.

Advertisements

Check your privilege at the door

Our DPSN theme for November is ‘Power and privilege’ – we thought this would be timely given election season has just passed!  Power and privilege can affect our lives in many ways; either because we have it, or because we don’t.  We’ve asked our bloggers this month to share their thoughts on power and privilege, and how it shapes the world around them.  We want to hear your thoughts on power and privilege too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

Embracing the balance

Yesterday I was reminded yet again how much pressure is put on people to expect to feel ‘up’ all the time and that, if they feel ‘down’ for some reason, there’s something wrong with them.

Someone I was talking to had had it suggested to them they see a doctor because they weren’t feeling too good. Of course a doctor would have probably prescribed anti-depressants to “even out’ their mood.

Under pressure

Our DPSN theme for October is ‘Pressure’.  We’ve asked our bloggers to tell us their thoughts on pressure – be it at work, school, home, with friends or online.  We want to know what they think of it, where they feel it and how they respond to it as well.  We want to hear your thoughts on pressure too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

An interesting time

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, “The age of anger”, another Margaret Wheatley’s new book, “Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity” and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, “Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template”.

Snapshot

Wherever I go in my car these days, if I need my wheelchair to get around when I arrive, I need to get it out of the boot and put the wheels on (I don’t have one of those fancy wheelchair lifts, but I’m sure one day I will, and in the meantime I can just think they’re cool).