We are extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful country.


It’s Australia Day and most of us will be celebrating the day in our own way, or at least pausing to reflect on what makes this such a wonderful country. I say most of us will be celebrating because there is still some ill feeling by the indigenous population that this is really the day their country was invaded ,over 200 years ago.Yes, white men did arrive in their country and much to our national shame, the treatment they metered out to the Aboriginal population was atrocious, but how long are we going to have to have to keep apologising for the misdeeds of those early settlers? Australia as a nation, formally apologised( late  but nevertheless, it was genuine) to the indigenous people  when the current Government was elected and although most of us have no direct connection to those European settlers, we applauded the Government’s initiative and supported the genuine gesture of reconciliation. Still though, that seems to not have satisfied a large percentage of the Indigenous Community. How many times  do we need to say sorry and when is there going to be genuine reconciliation and acceptance of the apology?

We are extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful country and we are all immigrants or the product of immigrants and that I believe, is  one of the reasons this country is so wonderful.There are the spectacular landscapes, beaches, flora and fauna but these fade into insignificance when compared to the harmony in which we live as a nation.We should all celebrate that (and Vegemite).Happy Australia Day!

Vegemite

Vegemite

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8 thoughts on “We are extremely fortunate to live in this beautiful country.

  1. Oi, Vegemite! When Men at Work came out with their song “Land Down Under,” I heard two two d-jays talking about vegemite. One (a man) claimed to know what it was. He said that it was sweet like jam, and that babies mostly ate it. I was laughing my ass off. I almost called the station to say, “you have no idea what vegemite is, do you?” I mean, , you eat vegemite sandwiches no matter how old you are, and it does spread like a jam, but it’s dark brown, if I recall correctly. I haven’t had it in years.

    Happy Australia Day to you.

  2. Hi Maureen,
    I wonder how much of that resentment sometimes focused on the past events really means dissatisfaction with present situations. Minorities always feel so neglect and oppression, often rightfully so. Hypersensitive to stereotypes, special treatment, etc.

    You may change laws and regulations regarding employment, segregation, etc. as we have in the U.S. but unless people change their hearts there will still be discrimination, though it may remain largely hidden or discreet.

    I’m not making a judgement on Astralian society with which I’m unfamiliar, just looking at what you’ve said from another angle. (I always do that and it drives a lot of people nuts.)

    James

  3. Hi Lita,
    . Thank you so much.That’s a classic story. I am glad you know what it is and very impressed that you have tried it! There is no grey area with Vegemite, you either like it or you can’t stand it. D cannot bear it yet I have it on toast each morning , then top it with tomato slices.
    Land down under is a great song and is our unofficial national anthem.
    Maureen 🙂

  4. Hi James,
    What you say makes sense and I fully understand that there may be resentments from both sides but for us to grow and move forward as a nation, we all need to acknowledge the injustices of the past, accept the present and strive for a fair and just society for all. Thanks for your comments James.
    🙂

  5. Maureen:
    Vegemite? Hmmmmm. Never heard of it or had it. Where can I try this Vegemite?
    Lee

  6. Hi Lee,
    Oh Lee,
    I will investigate where you can get it locally and if that is unsuccessful I will send you a jar!You will either love it or detest it.
    Best wishes
    Maureen

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