198 | The ABC of XYZ
Well then, I’m going OK now. The head injury I gotwhen I jumped out of my window when my room caughtre has nearly healed, although I do get regular migraines.Fortunately the re and my jump were witnessed bya worker over the road. He called the ambulance, and hevisited me in hospital. And since I had nowhere else to livebecause of my burned-out room he was kind enough toinvite me to move in with him. Anyway we’ve fallen deeplyin love and we’re planning to get married. We haven’t setthe exact date yet but we’ll make sure we do before mypregnancy begins to show. Yes mum and dad, I’m pregnant. So I’ve decided to quitUni, and I’ve quit my part-time job, I’ve sold off all thatfurniture that you lent me (I needed the cash), and I’m just going to hang out with this guy. He’s not educated or ambitious at all, but I’m sure you’ll accept him just as I have…Now that I’ve brought you up to date I just want to tell you that there was no re in my room and I haven’t beento hospital or hurt myself. Also I haven’t quit uni or my job, nor sold any of your stuff, oh and by the way I’m notpregnant, nor engaged – in fact there’s no man in my life atall!However, it is true that I failed Chemistry, and I’m doingbadly in Statistics, and I wanted you to see those marks inthe proper perspective! Your loving daughter.
BEYOND Z: MEETGENERATION ALPHA
‘Jesus replied: “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how tointerpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”’
Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented changes,namely as a result of its ageing population, which is impact-ing and will continue to impact on the family, school,workplace and marketplace. The ageing of the populationposes one of the greatest challenges – if not the greatest – for governments and businesses around the world today.‘Demographics are our destiny’, stated Peter Costello whenhe was Federal Treasurer. Treasury’s
made clear the unique times we are in, and the challengesto come: ‘Currently, the proportion of 15–64 year olds inthe population is higher than it has been for 40 years andhigher than it is projected to be for the next 40 years – it isa demographic “sweet spot.”’
Demographics give us insight into the future of our nation and allow us to make some forecasts about whatfuture generations might be like. Our current generation