Allan, my friend... yes, the grief is deep. I suspect most of what we can do is be gentle and listen to them. Encourage them to be their best self. Children constantly amaze me with their resilience despite all we do to them. Keep well my friend. Hi to J. Andrew
Is it scapegoating, or maybe insisting that blame be accepted by those that would have you believe they are blameless, and if they had the opportunity they would flip guilt onto you for infringing on their entitlement.
Hi Wes. I think it's both. There is no doubt that his appalling political sense (lack of, that is) by secretly going on holidays is for many people the final straw of years of LNP obfuscation and obstruction around doing anything serious about climate change. From that perspective, he deserves everything he gets. Brad Chilcott has called him "mean spirited" (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/25/an-end-to-morrisons-mean-spiritedness-is-the-christmas-gift-australia-needs) and I think that is a fair assessment. He has provided no leadership but along with Joyce and the others seems unable to see past the old industries of coal and gas which are clearly on the way out, and which must be closed down if we are to survive. He is another version of Howard's "say anything but Sorry." And I think you are completely correct: "and if they had the opportunity they would flip guilt onto you for infringing on their entitlement."
However, he is also the scapegoat. He's the one we can all blame to allow ourselves some small relief for our own inactivity and our own complicity. One of my acquaintances - you've crossed swords with him on Facebook :) - said a few days ago "If it's ok for there to be BBL in Adelaide this week, why is it not OK for the PM to be on holidays?" Now he's a hard-core Morrison apologist and his question was full of excuses, but at a deeper level he was correct! All those folk at BBL, worried about smoke and fires, were attending an event which has a huge carbon footprint, is full of single use plastic, and could have given their entry fee to fire relief and for paying volunteers something for their trouble. Instead, those of us who went, lined the pockets of big business for a night's entertainment where we turned our backs on those losing their homes and livelihood.
I have almost zero sympathy for Morrison (although I can see he's badly misled in what I take to be a sincere intuition of the holy because of his membership of a prosperity theology church) but we are all enmeshed in the system which is bringing the planet down. I have no idea how to live in all this, but I *can* see that using Morrison as an excuse, as much as I despise his policies, and as bad as they are, won't achieve anything. I rather suspect it would only justify inactivity and helplessness on my part.