Now, I am a BIG believer in the Beatles lyrics "We all live in the yellow submarine" and I feel VERY strongly that we are all on this big Mothership called Earth TOGETHER. I do not practice racism or any form of "lesser / greater" race degradation. We ARE all on this earth together. We are ALL responsible for this earth, together. We are ALL responsible for the damage we have done and together we are ALL responsible for fixing that. That applies to people as well as the planet, in my belief.
To me, this is a WONDERFUL opportunity to end a great deal of negative debate over an issue that will plague our country until it ceases to existâ¦ as well as provide a much needed respite for victims of wartorn countries.
I was VERY surprised by Steve Priceâs reaction to it; very negative and calling the concept "stupid" whilst of course NOT followed up by any workable solution except âturn the boats back!â
Australia has NEVER BEEN a war-torn nation â we have not had war bought to our shores except for the bombing of Darwin many decades ago. We have NEVER had to experience civil unrest, invasion or genocide. The early settlers were bringers of the genocide to the First Australians, the Aboriginals and they are the ONLY ones who can really speak of the atrocities of war and the devastation it leaves.
I am shocked and saddened, that we, as a people not only RESENT our neighbours fleeing to the safety of our shores but we actually think that the FAIR and RIGHT thing to do is to turn them around and send them back to their own country â to be a brutal and CERTAIN death.
This might sound very outspoken but how can we, as Australians, with all our riches, land and isolation from the more difficult challenges facing other countries of the world honestly BEGRUDGE our fellow HUMANS seeking refuge from war?
I feel we are a little over-indulged.
Its very sad to hear that were one of the last countries to sign the Kyoto Agreement.
Worse still, is that our country is one of the worst for the amount of land needed to support each of us, individually, per capita.
Have had peace for too long and perhaps we take it totally for granted?
Are we avoiding responsibility and our role in the world, because we are so blessed? We have peace here in Australia. Do we not have a responsibility to help create that same peaceful existance for others?
Can we not see that our neighbours just need help through their current turmoil and lend a hand?
Have we become so "She'll Be Right Mate" that we are blind to the suffering of our neighbours?
Why canât we, as a nation, look at ourselves with the difficulties we have experienced in assimilation of different cultures into our nation to see where WE could have been better, where WE could have served our neighbours better and where WE could improve?
I was taught a long time ago âWhen you have one finger pointing at someone in blame, there are always 3 fingers pointing back at you!â
What if, we, as a nation, were forced to flee our shores, en masse to that of our neighbours?
And what would happen if they did as we have done? How would we feel with your children locked up in detention centres, being accused of being terrorists, being disallowed to assimilate?
How would we feel being suspected and ACCUSED of criminal activity and openly accused of it everyday just for trying to protect your kin from certain death?
How would we feel seeing our neighbours speak about us on the news saying things like âGet out â go home!â or âGo back to your own country, sort out your own mess ya leaches!â as we have said about these people?
How CAN these people sort out a mess that has been caused by invasion, war, terror, crime, brutality and genocide, sometimes from a Government level down? Can't we see that there IS no protection for these people â they CANâT sort out their mess right now, that they need help?
Either way â we have lessons to learn. May the learning be swift for our sakes, as well as our neighbours!
The Eco Mum xo
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