We were at the Wollongong Beach today. It was fairly early, but the beach patrol was already on duty.
What was immediately apparent, to me at least, was that the life guards were all females, about fifteen or sixteen years old. . While I like too look at pretty girls I was still wondering were where those famous, bronzed Australian lifesavers? Has there been a secret takeover by feminists? And another thing I noticed, not for the first time either, those life savers are being sponsored by the German Post office, namely by its subsidiary DHL Are Australian companies not interested in sponsoring this noble service to the community? Too busy shovelling money or transforming tax concessions into profit. At least this foreign owned company is giving something back to the country in which it is doing business.
So, what is happening here? The German historian Theodore Mommsen wrote in his History of Rome that it is a sure sign of a civilisation going downhill when the males are being replaced by females in leading positions and they then are having more influence on society.
After generations of domination the males are getting slack and shunt responsibilities. Instead of seeing them patrolling the beaches you see young Australian males on the evening news belting each other in a drunken stupor.
After a little while some males turned up and put up a sun shade. Still, a female was watching the swimmers. I hoped the bell would never ring. As this would signify a shark had been sighted and the swimmers should leave the water immediately.
We did not stay long at the beach as my wife wanted to go to the swimming pool.
After a good swim there, we went for a drive to Shellharbour.