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Melbourne, Australia, closing in on 9am and travelling along by train. Sometimes it’s hard to find the difference between this and a truck full of livestock going to the slaughter. Thankfully, my job entitles me to come in the later morning so I rarely experience the group commute, tired business men (using suitcases to poke at your ass) orgy train because lets face it, it’s a train packed with beautiful models, anyway I digress. So while standing there and checking my wallet (just in case someone took advantage of the packed train) a child and her mother jump onto the train. I wondered about why parents deem it appropriate to bring their child onto a packed train like this. Are they trying to induce some sort of phobia onto their child or simply so careless that they don’t realise what it looks like to children no taller than the average persons waist? The packed journey is bad enough for adults let alone a child who can only look up and see towering grumpy people over them. Feeling the crushing push of 5 people as the train goes over the bump, obviously this kid was scared and he had a damn right to be. He let out a little cry. His mother then leant down towards him and said “Stay close, this is just the way it is.” My eyes widened as I heard those words. It is the first time I’ve heard this kind of statement used in a country like Australia. These are the words of the defeated, the words of acceptance of something known to be not right. I know this is merely a train ride to the city, it’s not like the streets of Melbourne hears the echoing cries of http://sponge-magazine.com

the AK-47 or feels the economic pressure weigh down on the jobless as it has in other countries, but when you hear these words, they’re the first to head down that dark road where humans are treated as cattle and the truth is that things are not all right. Any woman with a child that young should be able to take their kid to the city anytime during the day without having 20 strangers packed around struggling for their own space. It is probably to be reported as unsafe but is rarely kept under controlled issue because ‘it’s just the way it is’ The worst part is we pay not only taxes to help keep the public transport running, but we also pay the company to treat us this way. Do we really want to head down the road Japan has lead, squishing people into a carriage until they are packed like sardines, with people crushed up against each other as much as possible which conjure up the very images that some might conceptively illustrate as hell? Instead of uttering those words and instead of accepting what you feel isn’t right to be common practice, it’s time to say enough is enough This is a gateway into a bleak future where the government and corporates will keep the limits until someone kicks up a real fuss or more likely in other cases, dies. -Michael Mason

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