I agree with the idea that each individual has their own unique story to tell. I had similar thoughts reading Patrick White’s essay. I think you summed up your thoughts very succinctly here. I would have enjoyed to read more about your experiences in Kiribati. I had to look that place up by the way 🙂
You said a lot in very few words and that’s hard to do! I believe you are saying that the title meaning stems from how it would be used in a sentence, such as “to measure up”, as in measure up to equality and compassion. Your message is not quite clear and I would have loved if you elaborated on it a bit more. I could not figure out what “The Measure” was, so well done for coming up with a theory.
I want more! I often try to keep my blogs brief because I’m not sure I can keep the readers interest. You may have the same belief and I will tell you from a readers perspective that I would like to know more about what you thought of this poem. I can see that it grabbed your interest and I would love to know what parts hit you hardest. I would also love to know if you figured out what “the measure” is because I could not.
I agree that the different opinions made the trip through the gallery so much more interesting. I like how you took us with you as your thought progressed regarding the painting “Bus Terminus”.
I think the word you meant to use in the first paragraph was “past” and not “passed”.
You convey your thoughts very well.
This is still my favorite painting in the gallery! I can stare at it and get lost in there. I haven’t had the chance to visit NZ yet, but Milford Sound is at the top of my list of places to see. I think this picture comes extremely close to actually capturing the sublime. Supreme beauty combined with awe inspiring magnificence which forces a person to experience their insignificance.
I agree that this poem really does hit the reader in the heart. The repetitive use of the word “gone” in the final lines painfully illustrates the relentless ruin experienced by our indigenous people. The final line “and we are going” emphasizes the heartbreaking sensation of an inevitable loss of a magnificent culture.
Reading your definition of utilitarianism I was struck by what that means for us today. The destruction of the environment leads most to believe that we need to awaken our connection and interdependence to the land if we are to survive as a species. Ironically the respect and care that the native Australians felt for the land is what we need to rediscover. What was considered utilitarian back then is devastating the world we live in. What the clever people considered to be the best use of resources has led us to the precarious situation we find ourselves in today.