On a personal note, something to celebrate.

Graduate Diiploma in Arts (sociology) 2013

Graduate diploma in Arts (sociology) 2013

On this site to date the items have been somewhat serious with a focus on critical thought about social issues. In this post I want to take a step that helps explain why I have the interest in these topics. Clearly I have decided to share my thoughts, believing that the future we make together will be a better one if we show a willingness to enter public discourse on topics that are engines for how things are.

Yesterday I went to a ceremony for the conferral of a Graduate Diploma in Arts (sociology). The university is Victoria University of Wellington. I already hold two degrees from different universities (undergraduate degree from Otago University of Dunedin and a Masters from Sydney University). The ceremony yesterday was the first one I have attended. As a younger man I told myself the pomp and circumstance was not something I wanted to join; now I find marking publicly with others that one has studied is a positive move.

The students I have met while doing the recent study present as wonderful people, making me much more optimistic about our social and cultural future. Shared lives for those in different generations is such a plus and I will keep investing in this vision of forming and sustaining links between people.

Let’s see if my next post keeps this very positive feel for things.

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8 thoughts on “On a personal note, something to celebrate.

  1. Mazel tov! I hope you had a wonderful and relatively un-blustery day. That ivy-girt institution is my own alma mater too.

    Also, since this is my first post here (long-time listener, first-time caller), might I say how much I enjoy this site. It’s one of a small number of blogs that make me think there might possibly be some hope for the internet after all.

    • The optimistic tone of your comments will be kept in the back of my mind as I deal with the day to day stuff. Our society and culture mediates the concerns and fears of modern-day life. I must be up-front, for me resistence has a important role in how I craft my life.

      It is my current view that while the availabiity of internet and smart phones has its up-side, and even if the communications companies like Telecom, Vodafone, and others keep promising us lower charges and faster connections to their networks, my positive feelings and intuitions are moving back to face to face connections. Where ever you are I would encourage you to strengthen your real world connections, free of techology where possible, so that the positive aspects of our possible futures have a chance of unfolding.

      I acknowledge risk, it is just that those real world links seem to offer so much more than skype and facebook. I wish you well in your life-projects and I will keep writing blog pieces that hopefully can offer creative comment on how things are.

  2. Hi Peter
    Long time no chat – previously via Rick’s Skype a while back). Great to hear of your achievement. Well done!
    I really will try to look you up later this year. Be in touch nearer the time perhaps.
    Yours, Peter from England.

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