After reading this I question the reason why I do anything. The reason why any of us do anything. When we stay true to our reasons I guess everything else just follows. If our reasons are good then good follows regardless of the hurdles. Bad reasons...bad follows. This is just common sense or logic. Even logic is loaded with so many different interpretations.
Then there is this from Leonardo's Notebooks ((Edited by H. Anna Suh. Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers New York, 2005). Part I Beauty, Reason and Art. 1. On Painting, p.12)).
Painting surpasses all human works by the subtle considerations belonging to it. The eye, which is called the window of the soul, is the principal means by which the central sense can most completely and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of nature; and the ear is the second, which aquires dignity by hearing of the things the eye has seen. If you, historians, or poets, or mathematicians had not seen things with your eyes you could not report of them in writing.
And if you, O poet, tell a story with your pen, the painter with his brush can tell it more easily, with simpler completeness and less tedious to be understood. And if you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting. Now which is the worst defect? To be blind or dumb?
We are all of the above at different points in our lives. Just try to keep returning to our true reasoning?
Lastly, lining up to place our vote at Old parliament house, there was a sculpture gifted to Australia in 1927 (again I didn't take a photo of the sculpture but I did of the description...I am getting slack in this department). It was called The Greek Mother (formerly incorrectly titled The Spartan Mother) 1904-06 by George Tinworth. The description goes
The Greek Mother was given to Australia in 1927, the year Old Parliament House opened. The inspiration for the work was taken from the 1882 Edmund Gosse poem The Sons of Cydippe,and it shows a Greek mother farewelling her son as he leaves to go to battle.
Many women of ancient Greece played an important role in their communities, but did not have an official voice in the running of their society. They could not vote as only free men were considered citizens.
A person's ability to have a say in the affairs of their country has changed dramatically over the past 2000 years. So too has what is expected of them as citizens - for example, the responsibility of voting or defending the state.
My ability to look and hear is as important as an actual voice, maybe?