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How Character Develops

by Margaret Bell | March 24, 2020

Nature vs nurture. There has been much conjecture over the relationship between these two concepts, especially in relation to criminality or misdeeds. When a shocking crime story hits the headlines, the first place the tabloid media goes to in order to craft a story is often the family of the alleged perpetrator, to discover how the villainous character was shaped by his or her upbringing.

If this doesn't turn up anything interesting, then the individual is simply written off as a bad apple.

But is character not more complex than this?

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Building Character - Why Character Matters

by Margaret Bell | March 4, 2020

So much of our personal philosophy and thought – so much of the way we consider ourselves, and the world around us – is based on character. This is the way we judge ourselves and the way we judge others. And you can be sure that this is how other people judge us, too.

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Talking Movember in December

by Margaret Bell | December 10, 2019

Mental health is another area in which Movember has been pursuing real change for men across the world. Here in Australia, mental illness is a serious issue, with one in five adult Australians experiencing a mental illness in any given year.

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Connection to Country Do the bush fires hold a deeper meaning of connection with the land..

by Margaret Bell | November 25, 2019

Indigenous cultures view fire in a very unique way. While European cultures, and other belief systems from around the world, hold fire to be an exclusively destructive force, Indigenous Australians see a richer meaning...

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The Key to Diversity and Inclusion

by Margaret Bell | October 28, 2019

Here in Australia, we can boast a remarkable natural resource: our young people. Statistics from 2016 show that there are over 1.5 million males and around 1.45 million females in the 15-to-24-year-old bracket in Australia, representing

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Are our leaders indeed failing to act?

by Margaret Bell | October 14, 2019

The uncomfortable question of action

This raises a very uncomfortable question indeed -- are our leaders failing us? In democratic societies such as Australia, we have the luxury of choosing our leaders. This means we invest a  certain level of trust in these leaders and expect them to represent our views, our needs, and our interests at the highest political level.

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Developing Character and Being a Team Player

by Margaret Bell | September 23, 2019

There are few things in this life as divisive as sports. On the one hand, you have the die-hards whose lives hang on the results of the Socceroos or the Wallabies.

Of course, sports provide great entertainment for many (not for all, certainly) and even offer fabulous wealth for the lucky and talented few, but their worth goes far beyond this.

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The Danger of showing our true selves at work. - Part 4

by Margaret Bell | September 9, 2019

As human beings, we are tuned into what is right and wrong. The philosophy of ethics – a forum in which names like Immanuel Kant, Jurgen Habermas, and Jeremy Bentham, can wrestle for ownership of our minds.

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The Danger of showing our true selves at work. - Part 3

by Margaret Bell | August 26, 2019

It's difficult to argue with the fact that we are in a productivity-obsessed working culture. Every day, we are bombarded with proofs and demonstrations of great things our peers have achieved, and we are deluged by productivity apps and other quick fixes aimed at making us into better, more valuable co-workers, friends, family members, even just people.

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The Danger of showing our true selves at work. - Part 2

by Margaret Bell | August 12, 2019

The "psychological climate" in the workplace is such a big part of life for millions of people across Australia, and its positive or negative implications can be huge.

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The Danger of showing our true selves at work. - Part 1

by Margaret Bell | July 30, 2019

Interview situations require us to spin our skills and our attributes to make ourselves more appealing. Negotiations often hinge upon how well we can put our views forward and be unwavering all the while presenting a charming exterior to partners and opponents alike. In fact, most tasks in the workplace are based upon us acting a certain way -- being a certain type of thing -- or at least that seems to be the consensus view.

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Belonging, Connection, Folau and Freedom

by Margaret Bell | July 9, 2019

Australia has many unique features including being home to the oldest living cultures on earth, the indigenous Australians inhabiting the land for over 60,000 years. This together with only close to 100 years or so of recorded national history makes us a complex country. We are a nation of immigrants from all over the globe, especially so in the last 50 years, and at the same time we are only now beginning to fully realise our indigenous history, and even that only in pockets of understanding across the country.

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A Nation in Need of Healing

by Margaret Bell | June 10, 2019

Division is something of a fact of life for democracy. In a political system like this one, compromise is the order of the day. We go to the polls, we cast our votes, and we throw our support behind the candidate or party we most agree with. In some cases, we get what we want. In other cases, we do not, and the perpetual cycle of debate and conversation continues.

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Face it... we as parents are all immigrants, whether we like it or not.

by Margaret Bell | May 21, 2019

If you are a parent in modern day Australia, then this is most likely what you are. We are talking about our own status as digital immigrants in a land of digital natives. 

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Finding Our Own Place in the World: Understanding Ourselves on an Individual and a National Level

by Margaret Bell | May 13, 2019

From a young age, we learn that we should "do unto others" as we would have others "do unto" us. The social me is a more sophisticated version of this and is a recognition of the different connections and intrinsic links that make up a society like the one we engage with every day.

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