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2025 L Sat 17 Nov 2001

I missed two days of this journal, I think its the first time since I started it. On Thursday I had the last exam and enroled for one subject next year: DL101 Liturgy A, which will be on Wednesday nights.

On Friday I spent most of the day in the State Library reading about job searching. That evening there was a end of year Mass at Catholic Theological College, followed by a BBQ.

I went to another Mass today in at the Ringwood shopping centre, Eastland. There they have a chapel and Mass at 1300 each day but Sunday.

While in Ringwood I went to the library and borrowed an audio book: "Edge of Danger" by Jack Higgins. Here is part of the blurb: "Half-British, half-Arab, the Rashids' twin traditions have interwoven over the years to produce a remarkable family of warriors. But now they hold the President of the United States accountable for a series of attacks against their power and honour. ...".

I have been thinking about a passage from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act IV, Scene II:

Son: Was my father a traitor, mother?
Mother: Ay, that he was.
Son: What is a traitor?
Mother: Why, one that swears and lies.
Son: And be all traitors that do so?
Mother: Every one that does so is a traitor, and must be hanged.
Son: And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?
Mother: Every one.
Son: Who must hang them?
Mother: Why, the honest men.
Son: Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men and hang up them.
Mother: Now, God help thee, poor monkey! ....

Shakespeare wrote it in 1606. In 1649 King Charles I was executed. I see some truth in what the son says. But part of the problem is that the liars cannot organised themselves, cannot trust each other, and so are defeated.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 17 November 2001.

 

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