The morning is carrying a dew in the air, except there is no dew in the air and instead the air is bloated with heat as the heat descends upon the earth and carries its way around the areas of the suburban expanse that makes up the majority of Sydney.
Of course I get to avoid the brunt of all of this as the place in which I am currently inside and residing is full of air conditioning and thus the air conditioning is doing its job but conditioning the air and thus allowing a modicum of comfort.
Personally, I’d rather the heat and a fan. At least then I’m not deceiving my body.
This is something pointless to consider, however, as there are other things to worry about. Today is the day of Australia. It is a day where a bunch of people will get drunk and be disrespectful, but if challenged on the notion that maybe there should be some sort of Indigenous remembrance and recognition, especially in regards to how Australia began as a nation, then many will cry afoul due to it being disrespectful, or something.
Today is going to be a day where at work we will speak to what will likely be a lot of drunk, or soon to be drunk people wanting to find out if we’re open today. People who claim they care about Australia Day but in reality only care about remaining in their bubble where nothing wrong has happened in Australia’s history.
This may seem a bit cynical, but I think that it’s much more cynical to pretend that Australia Day doesn’t signify a day that lead to the decline of the Indigenous.
It’s a more complex issue than it probably should be.
I don’t necessarily agree with having the day removed entirely, or having its name changed to Invasion day. What I would put forward is that Australia Day should be treated as a day of remembrance of our history, and not something throwaway. Actually something ingrained into Australia Day.
But that still might be too much for some, because the idea that maybe, just maybe Australia’s history should be acknowledged in something greater than a token gesture is something they find deeply offensive.