Australia Day

Posted: January 26, 2009 in Misc Thoughts
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Today is Australia Day and I suppose that being Australian I should be proud or something, but I really could not care less. All Australia Day seems to be for some people is an excuse to get drunk and be as annoying as possible.

 

Australia Day seems to have become more prominent over the last decade as Australians seem to have become more patriotic, but as the old saying goes patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, so I think that this newfound patriotism is not really a good thing. There is a very thin line between patriotism and jingoism and I am not really sure which side of the line we are on, as I think most Australians do not even know what Australia Day commemorates and really just want a reason to act loutish.

 

I have heard that a group of white supremacist teens are planning on meeting under the clocks at Flinders Street Station before descending onto St Kilda beach no doubt with the intent of causing trouble, but using patriotism as a pathetic excuse for their disgusting beliefs. I also assume there will be a number of idiots walking around with the flag draped over their shoulders intimidating everyone they see and just generally acting like morons. Sigh!

 

I think one problem is that this seems to be the only way to celebrate our culture these days. We are currently being told that we should not be proud of our history, although very few people even bother to learn anything about our history anyway. Whilst I think it is important that we know about the awful way that indigenous Australians have been treated since white settlement, there is so much more to know. Unlike America we don’t have a strong knowledge of our history where it is a defining part of our culture and where we talk about and debate aspects of it. We rarely see movies or TV shows on parts of our history (although back in the 70s and 80s we did), and when we do see these films they are skewed so as to make some big political statement rather than just tell us about what happened. I wish things were a little different.

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