It seems inevitable that the magic of the written word will fade.
No one welcomes chaos, but why crave stability and predictability?
Recounting their histories, people often sound like interested bystanders to their own lives.
Obviously, every child should be given the best possible opportunity to acquire literacy skills.
It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them.
I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties.
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV.
Although we love the idea of choice - our culture almost worships it - we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.
But the rule seems to be that the bigger and more life-changing the decision, the less it will seem like a decision at all.