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Privacy and Paranoia

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THe Persian Hulk and the high fences of Ulaan Bataar - standing in for El Brutus

Geoff reflects on the edge of reality and the role of paranoia in survival and sanity. How does privacy become paranoia? Why are bullies so paranoid?

The Persian Hulk at the high walls of Ulaan Bataar standing in for El Brutus the screw

He reflects on the poem he wrote about the first high fence in his neighbourhood.

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The author’s neighbour’s back yards in Annerley – BEFORE!

The poem used here was published in Your Life Your Planet read out on Fashion by Dad and is provided below.

Two men with hammers took away my childhood views today
We chatted as they fenced me in. Yarns of tennis across low fences, shared barbecues, pet escapees, joy and pain, shared memories of neighbourhood, the suburb where I live.
“It’s all going mate,” the young one laughed, disappearing behind a ton of Colourbond and palings.

The jokes were short, the view went fast, their friendly faces and high vis vests went too. Behind the rapidly advancing wall.
Morning jokes, lunchtime farewells and then the sound of hammers on the other side, drifting across the unseen afternoon behind the fence, my isolation real, now. Permanent.

My work is different. I knock on 100 doors each weekend, encouraging people to open up and share the details of their life, so banks, car manufacturers and insurance agents can better stuff their wares through the crack I open on their behalf. My friendly face and pleasant voice, wedging open doors, closed against the very depredations I visit on them.
My knuckles know, statistics show, it is written across my door knocking heart, “High fences breed fearful people.”

We fear what we do not know.
We do not know what we cannot see.
We are in the dark about the family who rest their head two meters from where I rest mine. Where you rest yours.

Two men with hammers took away the views of my childhood today.
Two men with hammers, a ton of Colorbond and palings took that away.
They have their job.
I have mine.

Geoff Ebbs – Annerley 2018

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