On Friday morning I met Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey and QLD Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson. They have an important Easter safety message for Queensland families:
Moreton Island has got to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
I was lucky enough to spend the weekend here snorkeling, laughing with friends and just generally chilling with the dolphins! I think the spectacular sunsets are enough of a reason to pay this gorgeous island a visit at least once in your life.
If like me you love camping and 4wding, Moreton is a great getaway.
It’s 4am on Sunday, I’m awake and I’m on the road. It’s not often that I’m up before the sun but I’m excited. I’m on my way to Raby Bay to compete in my second ever triathlon. Let me set the record straight, it is a baby triathlon…400m swim, 5km bike ride and 2km run…I’m not that fit!
My heat is due to start at exactly 7:13am, so for the next hour after transition closes I hang out with all the cool kids in the toilet line dreaming of the coffee I haven’t had.
It gets to 6:55am and the heats have started so I take this opportunity to run up and have a look at the bike transition so I know where I’ll need to run in and out. Once I’ve checked this out I stroll back to the water thinking I still have a few minutes to kill (keep in mind that I have no watch – mistake!). I get to the water and what do I see, silver caps floating in the water (every heat has a different colour – most probably to avoid the following…). I run over to one of the officials and ask for the time, she confirms that it is in fact 7:13…the sound of the race gun blasts. My race is underway as I clumsily run down the jetty. I see that the next heat is full of 30 young guys and I consider the possibility of starting with them…the race official shakes her head and tells me to jump in and start before the boys. So I’m off…giving a great imitation of a flailing dog, all the while my head is racing with thoughts of how on earth someone manages to miss a race which is uniformed with colour coded swimming caps.
Got to love a Sunday sleep in….but how about his view?!
I was initially hesitant to publish this post for the simple reason that I love my posts to be positive and highlight some of the many wonderful things about our world. However, I was so shocked by the results of this experiment that I have decided it is better for people to have a realistic understanding of what humans are capable of. In a recent lecture for a subject called Marketing and Audience Research my peers and I were introduced to ‘Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiment’.
This was an experiment conducted by Psychologist, Stanley Milgram in 1961. The experiment seeks to investigate the legitimacy of the defence offered by many of those accused of committing acts of genocide during the Second World War. The defence offered by many at the Nuremberg War Criminal trials was ‘obedience’; their justification was that they were just following orders.
In 2009, Social Psychologist Jerry M. Burger, PhD conducted the experiment with 12 individuals from the general public. People like you and me. Please watch the following three links.
I visited Auschwitz in December of 2012. One of the quotes displayed on a building in the concentration camp reads as follows: “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again”. I think this quote by George Santayana is incredibly powerful and is still a relevant message for the world today.