Why are Greens so happy being miserable? Paul Comrie-Thomson argues that the answer is Religion. Mainstream religions have declined but Paganism with apocalyptic twist is all the rage! He argues that the chatterers have embraced the New Miserabilism because it is more satisfying to feel sorry for oneself and blame the world than to choose to embrace freedom with all its risks. How can you survive the current climate where ‘lack of nerve’ is the default position? Some humorous and serious pointers will be given about how to survive and thrive. The theme of the evening is: it’s fun to be free; more paella, more sangria, more robust exchange of views!
Paul Comrie-Thomson was charged with obscenity – for publishing the ‘f’ word – in an undergraduate magazine. In the 70s he worked as a copywriter for John Singleton before becoming Senior Editor of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. In the 80s he studied Theology (with Tony Abbott), wrote a lot of radio ads, jingles and a musical and looked after a band called ‘The Saints’. Currently he co-presents Counterpoint on ABC Radio National.