Archives: Essays

I Was Going to Write a History of Gay and Lesbianism and Transgender Politics in Australia but I Felt it Was to Dry When I Was Reading the Wikipedia Section So I Decided it Would be Best to Talk of My Own Experiences of Meeting Gay and Lesbian and Transgender People in Australia.

Essay by Luke Foster “Never follow someone else’s path…unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”  Ellen DeGeneres I am not gay, and I also don’t dismiss the struggles of gay and lesbians and transgender people in Australia, but I think its perhaps […]

Studying the Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and His Holiness the Dalai Lama/ To Much “I” and “Me” and More “We” and “Us” For Me

Essay by Luke Foster “The basic source of happiness is a sense of kindness and warm-heartedness towards others. “ His Holiness the Dalai Lama Recently I have been studying the transcripts of the Dalai Lamas talks and occasionally his talks on YouTube for a few hours a day and I intermittently stop to draw and […]

A History of the Australian Aboriginal Civil Rights Movement

Essay by Luke Foster “The Australian civil rights movement was a decades-long movement where Indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians worked together to fight for equal rights for Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The movement started to gain attention and momentum from the 1950s onwards.” Google I like this quote but also feel it’s […]

Building on the Bridge Building Metaphor/ The Worlds Traffic Travels on Bridges Like Multiple Freeways Intersecting in Places Like Los Angeles Where They Interweave in Complex Ways (It’s Called the Los Angeles Interchange Ramps)

Essay by Luke Foster As with the Harbour Bridge in Sydney there is only a few lanes of traffic going each way and two train tracks going each way. However international relations between different countries and people of different views and cultures and religions are more like the interweaving roads I described in the essay […]

I am a health nut who has become lactose intolerant.

Essay by Luke Foster “I am a vegetarian, and I sort of aspire to vegan-hood. So far, I’ve noticed no difference at all in my climbing, but I feel a bit healthier overall. Though that’s only because I’m eating more fruits and vegetables. I think the whole protein thing is overhyped. Most Americans eat far […]

Becoming a Man and Rites of Passage

Essay by Luke Foster “In societies where rites of passage are part of the norm, each young male participates in a formal ceremony during which his manhood is publicly and undeniably affirmed. From that day forward, he is treated differently by those around him and receives more freedom, rights, and privileges.” Wikipedia Seeing my mother’s […]

Cathy Freeman and Evonne Goolagong/ Strong Aboriginal women in sports in Australia and their massive influence in making headway for all Aboriginals in Australia.

Essay by Luke Foster “I have time to breathe, time to be myself more often, I am a lot more relaxed and less guarded.” Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman sporting achievements in running: Commonwealth Games Gold 1990. 2 x 400m World Champion. Gold medal in 400m 2000 Olympics. Silver Medal in 400m in 1996 Olympics. Three-time […]

East Meets West: Pope Francis Meets the Dalai Lama

Essay by Luke Foster “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” “Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.” Pope Francis Sometimes when cultures with different values and beliefs meet there is friction, but I can only see good of […]

I am the Dalai Lamas Stray Cat, but I am Trying to Find My Way Home/ The Best Way to be Safe in the World is to Have no Enemies.

Essay by Luke Foster “Whether one is rich or poor, educated, or illiterate, religious, or non-believing, man, or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness, and we all […]

The Compassionate Nature of Vegetarianism

Essay by Luke Foster “No, I’m not a vegetarian. I do eat that way. I actually eat vegan quite a lot. I feel better when I eat that way, and I think there’s been a lot of proof that’s come up over the last however many years, that you can’t deny, I don’t think, that […]

The Fridge System in New York City

Essay by Luke Foster “Having an open mind means learning to add more to our already existing beliefs about affirming dignity of those who are impoverished.” — Terence Lester, I See You While I was in New York in December 2022 I discovered there was a fantastic system where hundreds of cafes in the city had fridges outside […]

Artists are Sensitive

Essay by Luke Foster “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” Edward De Bono I went to the Museum of Contemporary of Art in Sydney today with my friend Birdie and had […]

I Feel Sad

Essay by Luke Foster “Home was never a dream for homeless people as they used to have their homes. Living in a home was their reality. Now we need to help them to find the lost reality – again.” – Munia Khan I caught a train from Casino to Sydney overnight with my friend Birdie […]

Zen and the Art of Surfing

Essay by Luke Foster “I’ve always had a determination to perfect whatever I’m doing. If I can’t do something, I work on it until I figure it out.” Stephanie Gilmore I was beach walking this morning and saw a woman pro surfer on the beach, but I am not sure who it was and only […]