Loz (lozenger8) wrote,

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Our land is girt, yes, I said girt, by sea...

Today is Australia Day. A day to celebrate Australia. Or that time a whole bunch of white europeans came to crush and dominate other cultures! Yay for exploration and oppression.

It happens over and over in the History of the World. There's no point whinging over it now, if that is all you ever do. But I like to keep it in mind at the very least.

I have lived in Australia for twelve years now, the anniversary was late November. I love Australia, especially Adelaide which is home to me - simple and true. I want to see more of this country, this land, and to understand the intricacies which are foreign to me.

I am proud to be Britonozzie. To varying degrees of strength, I feel great national pride. I do not think either of these titles - British or Australian - render me any greater than if I were from any other part of the world, but I celebrate the achievements of those who have gone before, just as I feel shame for those actions I feel demonstrated great failure.

So Happy Australia Day - you stereotyped day-off-work, where beers and barbeques are apparently plentiful. May the upcoming years engage in advancements and successes, no matter how insignificant they may appear.
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