Monday evening with ribs, wings, ale and blue skies - Dr Morse, Abbotsford.
It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.
Nicholas Sparks (via larmoyante)
Today alone, 32,000 people will be forced out of their homes.
There are 50 million refugees in the world today — the highest number since WWII. Many risk their lives taking overcrowded boats or walking for hundreds of miles to cross borders. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps help people thrive, not just survive. “The victims of war can hold the keys to lasting peace,” she says, “and it’s the refugees who can stop the cycle of violence.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free (via larmoyante)
Russell Brand: We humans have an inherent sense of fairness. Deep down, we don’t like inequality. How can we start to build a more just world?
Lets not pretend that the vast support for the war in Iraq is humanitarian when our response to those who flee those wars and seek refuge in our country is to demonise and imprison them.
Mary Anne Radmacher (via waxenneat)
The armed struggle
If you think Australian history is boring, its because you are being taught from sources that sanitise Australian history, ignoring the numerous wars and guerrilla insurgencies fought by our First nations people. Accounts of these wars go contrary to the white narrative that portrays history as a settlement and not an invasion that murdered and displaced our Indigenous people. These wars, ranged from as short as a few weeks to decade long wars. Some of the wars included the:
These accounts also fail to tell the story of brave Indigenous warriors like Pemulwuy (of the Bidjigal Clan) who against insurmountable odds, waged an insurrection against White invaders, defeating the British army through speed, avoided capture for over 12 years as well surviving two near fatal attempts on his life (including one where his skull was cracked open). Nor does it mention that his son continued the war after his death, proving a constant thorn for the White invaders.
It is important we paint a more complex and truthful narrative of Australia. One that recognises that convicts and squatters were not stepping into an uninhabited world, but rather a complex world, where various tribes had lived there for 40,000+ years, resisted White invasion, fought tooth and nail for their land, and to this day struggle for recognition.
The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
Martin Luther King Jr., “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” 1967 (via fotojournalismus)