And most military ambitions require large amounts of money for equipment and promises. Many of those promises have long been made through the intertwined ideas of nationhood and manhood.
But manhood, like nationhood, is a contested term. Military manhood has long been held up as an image of toughness in the face of adversity.
To be tough was perceived as strong. Adversity was something a tough man could overcome, at least in fiction.
Tough men built strong nations, and strong families, according to the propaganda.
Strength was, and is, held up as good by persons with a manly, militaristic ideology, even if they happen to be women.
Personal toughness gives such individuals their sense of self worth, and their misguided belief in their own political legitimacy.
Since the mid 19th century, sporting strength has become a civilian substitute for military strength. Strong, profitable businesses also reflect the idea of strength, as does winning cases in courts of law.
Military hierarchies have been copied in many other work situations.
Gentleness has long equated with weakness. Weakness has long equated with danger, with poverty, with cowardice, and with personal failure.
The tough have often expressed contempt for the weak, in deeds if not in words. They often still have contempt for people they think are, or should be, weak.
Yet there are many truly weak people who pretend to be strong. They use their fantasies of dominance to abuse, to ignore, and to confuse.
Toughness is viscousness.
Viscousness is a weakness.
And viscousness often hides behind a very thin veneer of charm, or care.
Gentleness is a strength.
How much money have governments spent on militaristic propaganda?
War memorials are not monuments to the dead. They are propaganda tools through which to recruit weak people by pretending they are strong.
The dead are held up as strong. The survivors, particularly the suffering survivors, are held up as weak.
Bullies and other cowards enjoy identifying and exploiting potential weaknesses in other people. Yet they attack anyone identifying and exploiting the weaknesses they fail to acknowledge in themselves.
Toughness demeans gentleness. Toughness underpays gentle people. Toughness wants gentleness to pay more than its fair share. Toughness thinks life is not meant to be fair.
Unless fairness is the purpose of government, only toughness will have power.
Government budgets in Australia are usually debated in relation to toughness. But why are budgets in this part of the world rarely considered in relation to gentleness? https://t.co/ahb2OuVpny— #Adelaide Reporting (@AdelaideAdagia) May 8, 2018
Providing a quality news service for ordinary Adelaideans, and an assortment of other South Australians, is inevitably a philanthropic pursuit. https://t.co/eTcFDWbtn5 #philanthropy #auspol #saparli #CitizenJournalism #ausmedia #ausecon #budget18 #journalism— #Adelaide Reporting (@AdelaideAdagia) May 8, 2018
Latest Quality #Adelaide Reporting: Counting the Cost of Political Mishaps https://t.co/b7zpurSP3E #Budget2018— #Adelaide Reporting (@AdelaideAdagia) May 8, 2018
Significant news about the Friends of Adelaide Adagia is occasionally presented on The Social Media Show, but only when such news is most definitely in the public interest.
Unfortunately, quality news is rarely portrayed artistically, which is why the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble, supported by the Friends of Adelaide Adagia, continues to remedy that situation as appropriately as possible.
Any beautifully composed news report almost matches Mozart.
What will be the unrepresentative influences reflected in tonight's federal budget announcements? https://t.co/8oF8eNxeoR— #Adelaide Reporting (@AdelaideAdagia) May 8, 2018
Quality journalism is never rushed. It is conducted one step at a time. It is always highly productive and beautifully presented.
Other worthwhile activities should also be conducted at a sufficiently gentle pace, giving due respect for necessary urgency.
Alwin Chong stresses the importance of cultural competence in providing services to vulnerable families but highlights findings from @ACCPUniSA evaluations showing that most of our programs are pre-competent or culturally blind #eirdresearch forum pic.twitter.com/T289QEBeP8— Tim Moore (@timbomoore) April 10, 2018
"Help the UN draft a new int'l standard for a free and open worldwide web" - our panel at #IJF2018 w/@julieposetti @guyberger @fatemahfarag @raju @IngaThordar at 930am - join us!— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) April 14, 2018
National Advanced Care Planning Week is this week, encouraging all Australians to have discussions about their future healthcare preferences with their loved ones. Find out more here: https://t.co/LUFcxqMMmR— RelationshipsAus (@RelationshipsA2) April 18, 2018
Could not have said it better - nobody's sure. #auspol via @leunigcartoons pic.twitter.com/tiocqwkq66— Observer 🇦🇺🌏 (@WeTheVoters2013) April 18, 2018
Gone missing in #Adelaide: The Courtesy Wave— Michael Smyth (@MichaelSmyth_) April 19, 2018
If you find it please call Crimestoppers.. pic.twitter.com/qQUm0L2Rg2
And let’s remember the role for social and environmental innovators - game on!— Matthew Wright-Simon (@ecocreative) April 20, 2018
At this rate the lest-we-forget fiasco isn’t going to die down till at least Thursday, but I do wish the people weighing in on both sides would at least read the Kipling poem it comes from, find out what it means, and learn what the connection is with ANZAC Day.— Kerryn Goldsworthy (@AdelaideBook) April 21, 2018
It's fraught with danger. Campbell Newman got into one hell of a mess over nepotism in 2012. #qldpol #auspol https://t.co/lJC9KUT6KM— David Marler (@Qldaah) April 22, 2018
To drink beers, go to restaurants, see movies and sports, have sex and have fun, all things which I am sure you know nothing about Daniel. https://t.co/s2aXK0PL4Y— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) April 24, 2018
According to research from the University of Adelaide, in Australia over 25 times more water is used to produce 1kg of beef compared to 1kg of rice and other plant foods. Meat wastes water as well as lives. Go vegan.... https://t.co/voB5C35TOe— Vegan Australia (@VeganAustralia) April 26, 2018
There will be several other informative presentations in this ethereal theatre this afternoon, before this series on a budget for gentleness continues into the evening.
There will also be a few virtual tours, as usual.
Now, here are a few other matters worth mentioning:
Our research shows Newstart is already well below the poverty line.— Australia Institute (@TheAusInstitute) May 7, 2018
In 2016 we gathered 32 prominent Australians to tell the Coalition not to cut Newstart.
This 'zombie measure' is still on the books. Time to scrap the Newstart cut > https://t.co/0RXFc9tAys #QandA pic.twitter.com/fCk2qcBEBB
"People who live in malarial zone areas pick up a little bit of low-grade immunity if they don’t get the disease as a full-blown case, but as travellers we have no immunity so we’re at higher risk," Dr Penny Burns told newsGP https://t.co/oeYUkn74tJ— RACGP (@RACGP) April 26, 2018
I'm not sure if he really understands how DNA testing works?https://t.co/ql4tAce8jV— Nick Evershed (@NickEvershed) April 26, 2018
Unfortunate placement. pic.twitter.com/T0K9lEBtdu— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) April 26, 2018
How on earth did he juggle being a PM with being a dad of six kids. Impressive! https://t.co/gWwfy2EpL5— Emma Alberici (@albericie) April 30, 2018
Compassion Lab's are coming to a place near you. - https://t.co/vCp8Yz3CN3— Mary Freer (@FreerMary) April 30, 2018
We hope you can join us in Melbourne on 21/22 June or Adelaide 4 and 5 June. See you there. pic.twitter.com/smH9tjw1RL
@Telstra hi, how do I opt-out of my location data being tracked and sold? As per https://t.co/Uk6YbHRmfv— James Croft (@jamescroft) May 4, 2018
NSW Liberals to appeal decision ordering it to repay $250,000 in illegal donations https://t.co/FZ3CfC4LJG via @smh Explains much. #PolicyForSale #nswpol— Ming The Merciless (@MGliksmanMDPhD) May 6, 2018
From the way tax cuts are being reported, you would think people who earn over $87,000 don't get taxed on the amount below that.— Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) May 7, 2018