Monday, October 05, 2009

#8 Morals (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders are generous, and younger generation of Sydneysiders are getting more passionate (or at least interested) in issues of justice. They want to serve and they appreciate service. However, there is no overarching moral vision of life, and most determine their own versions of right and wrong, and are quite defensive of their own beliefs and opinions.

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A Friend said...

Hmmm...I don't know if I'd describe Sydneysiders as generous...

Victor Tavitian said...

I agree with AF, they aren't generous. Shouting someone a coffee, beer, or sharing food at work is not necessarily an act of generosity but can be seen in these ways.

1. Purchasing someone a drink is a sign of authority in a work context, the manager or person in highest authority will pay for the drinks or lunch.

2. Purchasing someone a drink is a sign of mateship, but this isn't an act of generosity itself, there is a certain expectation of repayment next time you spend time with that person.

Still wondering about social justice - Seems to be something you'd hear more about in the 2042 postcode. This is a uni student movement as opposed to the 2000 postcode. It would be in that case only applicable to the youngest of the young Sydneysiders in which case it does not describe the majority of Sydneysiders (only 20.7% 17-24 for postcode 2000).

Jasmine said...

I don't think purchasing someone a drink should be the benchmark for measuring generosity - it's more just like a cultural norm. However, I think it's fair to say that while Sydneysiders are carefree with their cash, that doesn't always equate to generosity.

I think this whole statement is generally true for Christian Sydneysiders, but I'm not sure that non-Christians would be very interested in service or social justice. I don't think age has much to do with it either - I reckon if anything the young'ns are more self-oriented than their elders.

I definitely agree with the "defensiveness" bit, though.