This is my blog and it's about opinions, ideas, and stuff. All those things that filter past and can't be digested in one go and need to be mused upon.
I generalise, use anecdotal evidence, make guesses, and try to think about things. In other words, I ramble a lot and I'm possibly NOT to be trusted :D :D
Of course this has led to a bundle of bogans loudly
proclaiming “It’s not racist to wave a flag!” This kinda misses the whole point
of the study really, but that’s your average bogan for you.
Even so, what I’m really curious about is this – where did
the flagwavers come from? It’s not so long ago that apathy was Australia’s
national pastime and flagwaving was viewed as a highly suspicious activity
carried out by other countries that (shock, horror) actually respected the wowsers they had in
authority. Excessive patriotism was unOrstrayan and also a bit embarrassing.
Now we don’t just wave them, we decorate with flags and we
dress up in flags. Hand me a flag and I’ll wave it in a moderate sort of way.
Personally however, I do draw the line at putting the national escutcheon over
my genitals but there must be plenty of people out there keen to do so cos lots
of stores keep selling flaggy underwear.
I like being Australian. I’m proud of the good things we’ve
done. I worry about the bad things we’ve done rather than just try to pretend
they didn’t happen. I laugh about the silly things that happen. I appreciate
the quirks that make us different from the rest of the world. I don't know how we ended up with flagwavers among us that's all.
Is it a good thing?
I just don't know - ask me again in 30 years time and we'll see.