So this is not usually a place for news and current affairs, but the discussions the last few weeks in the media around Tony Abbott’s negotiations with Indonesia requesting clemency for two members of the “Bali 9” has piqued my interest. The reason? The idea of “obligation”.
“[The comments made by Tony Abbott to the Indonesian President] says our aid is conditional, that it imposes obligations and that if we feel those obligations haven’t been met, we might just withhold it in future. That’s a hell of thing to imply, even in private.” Waleed Aly.
Obligation is both a privilege and a curse.
Being able to repay a debt is a gift. Feeling like you are owed something is absolutely toxic. Continue reading