- GiaThursday, 19 February 2009 6:08:58 PM
- A unique ‘Aussie’ trait seems to be an endless supply of self-congratulation. From Kevin Rudd down, the proclamation that the Aussie way is to pull together at times of tragedy and loss has a very clear subtext that these traits are not necessarily to be found elsewhere in the world. What do these people think other countries do when they are hit by such a catastrophe? Turn their backs, shrug their shoulders in indifference?
A comment on the Crikey piece today written by a survivor of the Marysville fires, well someone who fled in the nick of time.
This thought from ‘Gia’ pretty much sums up my misgivings about so much that we’ve heard these past two weeks, that somehow the response to this apalling thing was uniquely and wonderfully Australian. What tosh.
What we are celebrating here – if celebrating we are, and so much of the tabloid/TV press seem to be – what has been remarkable since the fires and through them has been the indomitability of some common, persistent, courageous humanity. Aint nothing aussie, aussie, aussie about it. How that drivel galls me. Sorry, but there it is. It diminishes us all.
Can’t we find a way to be Australian, even proudly so, without subscribing to all that rot?