What follows was written while I was serving as Chaplain to Norfolk Island. During that time there was talk of Australia 'taking over' the Island, of Norfolk loosing her independent status.
|Government House, Norfolk Island.|
Thirty years ago writer M. Scott Peck wrote a best seller, “The Road Less Travelled”. It started with the often quoted sentence …
You started life as a baby. Completely helpless and dependent upon your parents for everything. It was through them that you interpreted your world. Was a thing good, or safe? Over time you learnt to do these things for yourself. But this is not always easy. It is very safe being a baby. Never having to make a decision or do anything for ourselves. We can never make mistakes. We always have some one else to blame if and when things go wrong. Becoming responsible is not an easy process.
|Government Administration Buildings, Norfolk Island.|
Then it seems just as you start to get the hang of being an adult, of making decisions for ourselves, our body starts to grow a little older, not as quick or strong as we once were. The eyes need glasses. We get tired more easily. We have to learn to adapt to becoming older. Again not an easy change for us to adapt to.