Sunday, 26 August 2007

An update... and a question

In a previous update I mentioned the various entities I approached in the context of my dispute with Griffith University.

All in all there were seven, with fourteen individuals spread among them. From the Australian University Quality Agency to the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, they seemed to be the kind of offices who one could expect to respond. Then there were Griffith’s vice-chancellor Ian O'Connor, the lecturer Terry Dartnall at the School of Information & Communication Technology and its deputy head Peter Bernus, the Academic Registrar Richard Armour, plus the heads of the other thirty-two schools and faculties. Next in line came the State Premier Peter Beattie’s office.

The hope was that somebody out there would appreciate the situation for what it was and felt the need to at least acquaint themselves further with my allegations. However none of them, including those more directly concerned at the university itself, shared this view. In the case of the latter any consideration remained restricted to the cabal of insiders who would have been the last to produce an objective insight.

Therefore my next, and possibly last, port of call is the federal member of the Griffith electorate, Kevin Rudd. He also happens to be leader of the current Labor opposition, gearing up for the up and coming election later this year. An event that already hogs the news services in no uncertain terms and no wonder, because much is at stake.

Given there are only twenty-four hours in an increasingly tense day we’ll see how much extra time can be spared by himself or someone in his office. Talk about converging developments.

It really is a strange situation to be in. My personal disposition not only relates to this affair but also rests on the Otoom mind model and its significance in the greater scheme of things.

What in the end determines the importance of something? It may not necessarily be its inherent value because it often takes involvement and understanding to appreciate that, two things that demand time and effort. A considerable factor comes from publicity, in other words the public image. Everybody knows Einstein, but not everyone thinks they understand quantum physics let alone does.

Deprive yourself of the chance to cultivate the wider exposure and the agenda becomes precarious. Think how even an Einstein would have fared had he been denounced and thrown into prison, buried behind official opprobrium.

It’s a vicious circle: being kept on the outer ensuring alienation and lack of familiarity maintaining the exile.

The options for breaking the chain go from one extreme to the other. The value has to be there, but acclaim needs a different momentum. From militant disruption (think of Nelson Mandela) to the passing of time (think of Galileo) the pot is stirred one way or another forcing the established layers of human hierarchies out of their comfort zones.

Each comes with a cost. But, if it’s any consolation, in the end the cost is shared by everyone.

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