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NATIONALISM AND NATURAL DISASTER March 3, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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Of course, everybody might with reason celebrate and cherish their natural environment and their national and local human accomplishments, which might be seen more truly as achievements and realization of human potential.

Natural disasters, which we might furthermore begin to understand, at least in their intensity, as unnatural disasters, bring out the sense of the meeting or the common purpose, which is not inherently a bad thing. For example, such a consensus is inherent to democratic process.

Nationalism is a “natural” emotion because this is our side against their side, but sometimes it takes a worrying form. Even in Australia, where we are supposedly laid back and undemonstrative about such matters, demonstrations of affection have taken turns in individual and more mass expressions to cause anxiety. As Pierre Trudieu observed to the effect: “Don’t these people remember the history of the twentieth century”.

This song is proposed by some people as the national anthem (and I note the Southern Cross sans the Union Jack in this clip) was sung at the memorial for the victims of the Victorian Bushfires:

Since I do not watch television, I am a completely ignorant person and it takes me a while to catch up.

Unfortunately, the bushfire danger is not over .

On a personal note, I just hope that we do not get bushfires here, because of the eucalyptus trees we have growing, we could not realistically defend our property.

I was not born here, so I am not by that reason Australian, and I am now a stranger in the land of my birth, so I have a detachment from such sentiments as nationalism.

ELSEWHERE:

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, rightly or wrongly, has a less jaundiced view of nationalism.

My memory was this song was used as an advertising jingle, and that turns out to be correct, since it was first created for an advertising agency. A friend points out this the annoying stuff when you call Telstra and they put you on hold.

The sentiments in the song are fine. The question, it seems to me, is to what extent are we truly multi-cultural and welcome the insights and contribution that other cultures can bring? Of course, not just cultures from other places, but our indigenous cultures as well.

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1. Zachary - March 3, 2009

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