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via Daily Prompt: Compass


On this particular day we didn’t need a compass as backup, basically we just had to follow the disused railway line (which is a sore point, our state government lost its economic compass and abandoned rural narrow gauge lines in favour of trucking). Once a couple of years back, we lost our way, we had no compass and the map didn’t align with the intermittent trail indicators, we lost thirty minutes in very warm weather, which is critical here. We made it back to the trail and even made up time, but had we gone an hour it would have meant the possibility of abandoning the hike. After that we always double checked we’d packed a compass, and nowadays an emergency locator beacon. The rail line was perfect that day. The compass and map acts the same, it’s a rail or guide to stick by, and takes the guess work out of navigation.

In my experience leaders and governments, corporations and charismatic gurus have lost their compass. I hesitate to say moral compass, because that’s always a matter of experience, culture, age, and expectation. And moral compasses are caught up in that awful legalism of moralising – and a pox on that. No, those we look to have lost their way, and they’ve forgotten the compass that helps guide them to community needs, community dreams, and community wisdom. That compass is our voice, our voice in every form (ecologically speaking), pointing a way.




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I’d love to credit this photo, it’s not mine, I found it on the net in January last year with no credit given. It shows the the disastrous bush fire impacting Yarloop. This historic town was wiped out and so was a major slice of historical evidence.


I took this photo of the Yarloop Museum, in 2009, we had a fabulous afternoon touring the centre (and now in hindsight we’re so glad we made the effort – we went on a whim). It all went in the fire. Yarloop was an old mill town and this was the mill and timber workshops and the locomotive yard for Millars Timber which began circa 1901 and operated commercialy for 77 yrs. The milling operation of 1901 was built on the original site of the first mill in Yarloop in 1895. The buildings were described by WA Heritage as unique in design and world class for its period steam machinery display. The fire was disastrous on many levels, lives and homes were lost, and the historical heart of a museum complex was lost. I guess we can’t hang on to everything, but I still feel sad that it is now lost to us.




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