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Mania Posing As Passion Michael Leunig. LEARNING GOAL. Students should understand the notion that things are often not what they seem on the surface . IDEAL. Leunig is advocating in his essay that what the majority of people see as sanity may in fact be madness. Madness in Society.

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Mania posing as passion michael leunig

Mania Posing As PassionMichael Leunig


Learning goal
LEARNING GOAL

  • Students should understand the notion that things are often not what they seem on the surface.


Ideal
IDEAL

  • Leunig is advocating in his essay that what the majority of people see as sanity may in fact be madness.


Madness in society
Madness in Society

  • Leunig’s definition of true madness might be defined as emotional, moral and spiritual emptiness.



‘the climate of official deception, double standards and emotional brutality posturing as sanity and order…’


Traumas are caused by lies technology perversity and everyday violations of the mind
‘Traumas are caused… by lies, technology, perversity, and everyday violations of the mind.’

Other examples?


To live amongst too much injustice and popular indifference to it is a real trauma
‘To live amongst too much injustice and popular indifference to it… is a real trauma.’


Sanity
SANITY indifference to it… is a real trauma.’

  • By contrast, sanity for Leunig lies in love and in harmony with nature.


Madness
Madness indifference to it… is a real trauma.’

  • On 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.”


  • Do you agree with indifference to it… is a real trauma.’Leunig’s assessment that it is society that is truly mad?


The dictator
The Dictator indifference to it… is a real trauma.’

In ‘Thou shalt be attractive’, Leunig envisaged the advertising industry as the dictator.


Not sure he meant this
Not sure he meant this… indifference to it… is a real trauma.’


Assuming you got the pun on the last slide let us move on
Assuming you got the pun on the last slide, let us move on…

  • ‘It is the stupefying tyranny within Western democracy’

  • Page 78


Mania posing as passion
Mania posing as passion on…

  • Who is the dictator in this essay?

  • How are citizens treated if they fail to conform?


Crazy as normal
Crazy as Normal on…

  • On 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?



An answer
An answer? overcome?


Leunig s church
Leunig’s overcome? 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?


So what is the big idea your own example for each from this essay and others
So what is the BIG IDEA? overcome?Your own example for each from this essay… and others?


Homework
Homework overcome?

  • 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 idea

      • If unsure go through the wiki!

      • Avoid teen films - try art, songs, historical examples, current examples or famous quotes

  • On 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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