I am thinking I am not liking Australia Day. As I type there are explosive fireworks terrifying animals and annoying me. They are going on forever. Perhaps non explosive fireworks would be better. What???
Sis in law was here this morning. There was terrible racket from some air force jet as it passed by. We know the drill. We knew it would be back for a second run. We took Sis in law out to the balcony. The noise was deafening. It made the very non interested in politics and the wider world Sis in law to remark that she can imagine how terrifying in war that the sound of a bombing jet must be.
It is one thing to take some pride in your country. It is quite another for politicians to inform all and sundry that this is the greatest country on earth. While it sounds elitist and it probably is, such an obvious appeal to the masses is crude. Still, ever increasingly, politicians become increasingly political. Duh. (what a great word we have adopted from the US) All pollies now seem to do is go for where the votes are. Who would blame them? But they could do it with a bit of style. I see none. Would a visionary politician get elected nowadays? Possibly.
As Jayne mentioned, do people now really care much about the The Union Jack being on our flag? It does represents our history. Ipso facto, the Aboriginal flag should be added to represent our fuller history. What about a bit of the Polish flag? A bit of the Vietnamese flag? Would any young person actually know anything about the Union Jack?
I recall from more youthful days that the flag must not touch the ground. Young people now drape it over their shoulders like a cape and the hem drags along the ground. Are they so fearful of the outside world that must have this protective cloak? I am afraid to tell you kiddies, the flag won't protect you from the big bad world. You may be fortunate to be an Australian, but it is not the be all and end all of the world.
I ought not pine for the old days, but all Australia Day ever meant to me was a day off or extra pay. I am just not liking all this nationalistic fervour and I don't really want to be part of it. While wars are usually the result of very foolish males beating their chests, Anzac Day is much more to me liking.