The ancient Greeks often used the art form of storytelling, using fables or parables to get a point across. One of the most worthy of telling is the punishment meted out to King Sisyphus by Zeus for his hubris in thinking that he was cleverer than the gods. He is the famous character that was condemned to the Underworld for eternity and punished forevermore by rolling a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll down to the bottom every time his task was nearly complete. The futility of the work was the true nature of the punishment and not the physical demands. Most people can handle hard physical labour and derive satisfaction from the results but futility is an unbearable torture.

And it is that key word, ‘futility’; no end, no relief, no success, no meaning.

Senator Cory Bernardi has set about the task of uniting the conservatives of Australia into a single political force, an incredible important task. But has he taken upon himself the task of Sisyphus? Continue reading