Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rejoice in the Best Country in the world.

It's for ALL of us!
Tomorrow is Australia day. It is not Invasion Day.

Why we celebrate on the 26th January, doesn't really matter. It could have been on several other days, but, now, having decided years ago on this day, let's all celebrate our wonderful country.

It has been called invasion day. Let's examine that.

Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
Imagine a fleet of dugout canoes from down-under went to Europe around the same time. 

At the moment, Europe is united. It may not be so soon.

See legend

However, in 1789, Europe was at war with itself. If an Australian fleet of dugout canoes invaded Europe, it would have found many warring nations.

Although many Europeans had visited Terra Australis before Governor Phillip planted the British Flag on 26/1/1788, Phillip was the first to claim the country.

And the country he claimed was, like Europe at that time, not one nation, but a continent of warring nations.

If you see the development of our wonderful country, in the ~230 years, it is probably unprecedented development. The indigenous population has benefited greatly from the advancement of this country.
In his Great Australia Day Breakfast address held in Queen’s Hall at the Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne, Warren Mundine said indigenous Australians needed to "forgive Australia as a nation" and permit themselves to "love their country (and) take pride in Australia's successes and achievement". -Link

Mr. Mundine spoke of reconciliation involving both the wrongdoer and the wronged taking steps towards each other to restore or establish a relationship after a conflict or estrangement.
“It seems to me” he said, “that when we talk about reconciliation in the context of Indigenous affairs, we talk a lot about the sorry part but we don’t talk much about the forgiveness part.”
He said that for real reconciliation, “Indigenous people also need to forgive.”

Professor David Flint writes (speccie):

Be warned. In recent years it has become the custom to spoil what would otherwise be an enjoyable Australia Day by putting on some sort of stunt to demand we change our national day, our flag or our constitution. Some extremists even threaten that they’ll burn the flag while these days there is now the sad possibility that some alien elements will commit a terrorist outrage. 
Each Australia day, the Australians who hate our wonderful country, as Professor Flint says:
put on some sort of stunt to demand we change our national day, our flag or our constitution.
All I ask is that the Australia haters either leave our National Day alone. If you cannot leave Australia Day alone, then please leave Australia.