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By: Hesse

Square Circles, for Grace

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Pop, as his granddaughter Grace calls him, is an advocate of simple living. He believes that ‘for something to have life, something else must give up its life’ and frames his world view on this simple mantra. In his ambitious mission, he draws young Grace into his web.Grace identifies closely with her pop. Despite having all the luxuries of city life and everything in her reach, she finds peace and inspiration in their humble lifestyle. Pop despairs the wastefulness of the 'throwaway economy'. He hopes that his granddaughter, a representative of the young generation, will take a stand and bring change for the better. And avert the disaster her parents’ generation is creating.In a journey spanning four stages of her life, from child to adolescent to adult, we see Grace become a beacon of promise to find the way out of the looming crises.Filled with emotional and intellectual depth, this piece of fiction will take you to the ancient times of human civilisations, and reveal that our present place in history, with all the alarm bells ringing, is just the end of the path humanity has chosen. And… It doesn’t have to be this way!A story that will compel you to think about climate change and its association with modern lifestyle, in a way you have never done before.

I got a break. I was this migrant kid and the system gave me a leg-up.


I went to university and chose Economics, and then my fate was sealed.


I learn about the system that is all about using resources. I do the degree and then head for the bush. I become a teacher (to pay the bills) but I also set out to separate myself from the system. I endeavour to become self-sufficient.


And then, one day, as I’m weeding the veggies, I realise the ‘square circle’…the need to feed the system – and the expense of that to the planet.


I, like everyone, do the buy-it, use-it, throw-it-away, and buy-another. But I feel the pain as the precious earth buckles and groans under my weight. Despite all my efforts to separate myself from the consumerism that envelops me, every move I make still feeds the monster. The monster; the economic system wrapped like cling wrap around me. Despite my best efforts, each morsel I drop it picks up and adds to destruction of the planet I walk on.


I’m caught in the ‘buy-it, use-it, throw-it-away and buy another’ system. How can I escape this torment?


Simple; I write about it and I hope.

Hope that the insanity of it all is finally revealed.

Hope that the spell of self-interest and greed is broken.

By my ideas…


Hesse graduated with an honours degree in Economics from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia in 1974.

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