Hugh Mackay Quotes

33 Hugh Mackay quotes:

"It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them."
"One reason we resist making deliberate choices is that choice equals change and most of us, feeling the world is unpredictable enough, try to minimise the trauma of change in our personal lives."
"Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than worrying too much about which programs our children are watching, we should concentrate on trying to reduce the total amount of time they spend in front of the screen."
"I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties."
"Despite the availability of cheap and effective contraception, it looks as if we are not as careful in our decisions about reproduction as all the talk of family planning might suggest."
"Frankly, I'm more worried about the violence we do to ourselves and our children by allowing the media to create an expectation of instant gratification."
"I wish we didn't have to own up to a policy deliberately designed to inflict suffering on people who have already been traumatised in the countries from which they've fled."
"Obviously, every child should be given the best possible opportunity to acquire literacy skills."
"Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids can be taken into account."
"Recounting their histories, people often sound like interested bystanders to their own lives."
"So let's not get carried away by hubris: Australians are no better than anyone else when it comes to occupation of the moral high ground."
"Still, most of those effects occur in the context of harmless play and it is patently obvious that children are not normally turned into aggressive little monsters by TV or video games, since most children do not become aggressive little monsters."
"Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people."

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