I turned 76 last week.
I brought my young family to live here in Uawa / Tolaga Bay 40 years ago last June.
At the time, l had this unquenchable thirst to have a go farming on my own account before the opportunity would pass me by. Although, on balance, it was a decision l don’t regret, in retrospect the hardship encountered during those years is something we could have done without.
But that is farming and like most things - there have also been many experiences that have enriched our lives along the way. I don’t know of a better environment to raise kids where they learn to contribute to the family fortunes simply by being important parts of a team that relies on each other for the successes when they come.
As parents, Diana and l regard our greatest achievements in life as being the difficult task of successfully nurturing three children to adulthood - for them to join society as decent human beings with an instinctive attitude of respect for their fellow citizens, especially those less fortunate, irrespective of race, religion or political allegiance.
When we look back on a career battling the odds (adverse climatic events, economic downturns etc) we are greatful that we have been able to achieve most of the things that should be important to all people living on this planet and to have been able to do so without experiencing ill health or family tragedy that is unfortunately commonplace in the lives of others.
The rest pales into insignificance.
Yet to some extent, my life is somewhat unfulfilled.
Apart from my successes as a farmer, l have been able to contribute to society using my own limited talents as part of a team completing a number of community multi million dollar projects. Although the rewards for that association are not financial, the satisfaction in being part of a job well done is beyond compare to anything that l have ever achieved in the commercial world.
However, l am still left with a feeling that it could have been so much better.
I suspect that many of our readers will have experienced something similar gnawing away in their gut having to accept that we have done all we can and that we must live in hope that others are capable of carrying on where we left off.
That is called progress.
Unfortunately, modern society seems to have adopted value systems that are more about rewriting history and forcing the new debauched version down the throats of our younger, naive generations.
It is no longer enough to acknowledge the sins of our fathers and make restitution for the past misdeeds of our forebears. A whole majority section of society is now being held to ransom by those minority groups who have seized the opportunity to express their “woke” views in a form that is unchallenged by an intimidated Government at all levels.
As we speak, a majority of citizens are seeing our basic human rights that have been enshrined in law extinguished in favour of a new system that is apartheid in reverse.
How could this be happening?
Put simply, it is the result of our own apathy.
We seem to be paying lip service to the value systems established at huge cost on battlefields throughout mankind’s recent history that emphasise equality of opportunity and representation as cornerstones of our heritage.
The radicals who want to introduce a new world order are having a field day in a vacuum that is not conducive to those traditional societal standards we should be defending at every turn.
There is only one way to push back and it will need to involve every free thinking person on the planet. We need to say “Enough” before it is too late.
We must individually and collectively respond to this challenge (our own World War experience) by adding our voices and votes to the opportunities that are available to us before they are taken away.
We need to vote as if our lives depended on it in these referendums aimed at rejecting the separatist polices being introduced in local communities around the country and throughout the world.
Your future is in your hands.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.