12 MadnessOn Page 78, Leunig writes: ‘Continuous low-grade trauma has become a way of life - it’s what is expected - an anti-story that nullifies meaning and morality and enables emptiness, craziness and wickedness to prevail and become the popular, intoxicating substance of daily life.”
13 Do you agree with Leunig’s assessment that it is society that is truly mad?
14 The DictatorIn ‘Thou shalt be attractive’, Leunig envisaged the advertising industry as the dictator.
16 Assuming you got the pun on the last slide, let us move on… ‘It is the stupefying tyranny within Western democracy’Page 78
17 Mania posing as passion Who is the dictator in this essay?How are citizens treated if they fail to conform?
18 Crazy as NormalOn Page 79 of his essay, Leunig asserts that ‘children learn that crazy is normal’.If this is the case, then what does this indicate about their view of reality?
19 How can their ability to distinguish between mad and sane be overcome?
20 An answer?Leunig demonstrates his ability to find beauty and sanity in life’s uncontrolled and uncomplicated moments
21 Leunig’s Church Was the ‘visitor’ to Leunig’s tool-shed mad? (Page 79) What of the haunted-looking farmer? (Page 81)How do they change Leunig’s perspective?
22 So what is the BIG IDEA? Your own example for each from this essay… and others? WHOSE REALITYOur emotional reality affects our experience of our physical realityWe each experience more than one realityHuman beings have the ability to construct their own realityOur perception of reality is influenced by our cultural beliefs
23 Homework Complete the concept map with the following Two other Leunig essays we’ve studied (total of three!)Your own example from another ‘source’ for each ideaIf unsure go through the wiki!Avoid teen films - try art, songs, historical examples, current examples or famous quotesOn Monday we go hard in preparing for the SAC. This concept map will save you coming up with ideas on the spot, or going through your notes, next week.
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