|There are many more nations than just 'One Nation' here. Source|
I am happy to live where I live, even though it's one of the sunniest places on earth and I am prone to skin cancers, so I like to hide away from the sun. ;) I'm lucky to live in this country, not because it's SO AWESOME but because I am SO PRIVILEGED to be able to live without fear of persecution, oppression, etc.
It's not a perfect country, but then no country is - though I think some northern European places do come pretty close. But I'm still lucky to live here - and it is a beautiful place to live. Even if I sort of wish we had some decent hills and mountains here on the West Coast. And some snow, damn it!
The point? Monday is Australia Day, which is a 'celebration' of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Many people see this day as the anniversary of the birth of the nation, but of course for the indigenous people it was the birth of a nightmare that is still ongoing today. It was the aim of white Australians in those early years to basically wipe out everything to do with indigenous culture - and to wipe them out as a physical people, too. In some cases irreparable damage was done, but White Australia did fail in their goal to destroy a people. At least there's that.
There is an offensive attitude amongst many white Australians - "get over it!" Whenever I hear someone say this, I want to ask, "So how did you get over genocide when your people went through it?" Anyway, I don't know quite what I wanted to say with this post. I guess I just wanted to give you an idea of the sorts of things I think about whenever Australia Day rolls around.