I wasn't sure exactly what you meant by we have to change. Do you mean humankind or do you just mean aussies?There is no need to guess Lols. These people were fleeing from their homes because they were not fascists, and couldn't survive the coming regime... Mussolini was a good mate of Hitler, and people that could see the writing on the wall, LEFT ASAP.
Not about economics at all... yeah..? Life isn't about economics.. yeah..? they left so that their families would live.
Something only new immigrants to this country seem to undestand. All us cozy aussies, so smug... we have barely been a nation for 120 years..
I despise our government, and I despise people who buy into the propaganda we've all lived with for decades and decades.
We have to CHANGE. WE must REALIZE we aren't the greatest thing on earth.. FFS..
Sorry lost the plot there, but only a little bit.
Just, don't get too comfortable, because times are changing and it is up to us how we manage it, OR NOT.
One thing that worries me a bit is this (dare I say fashionable) contempt some people have for everything in our culture, that is, anglo saxon culture.
No, we may not be the greatest thing on earth. In my opinion, no nation and no nationality is that. We're all humans, a mix of good and bad.
But having said that, we have a lot to be thankful for. Australia, despite imperfections and injustices, is still one of the most peaceful places on earth. Most of us have a better standard of living than probably 90% of the people who have ever lived.
Our politicians may not be perfect either, but we haven't had a Hitler or Mussolini figure.
There's a reason the British had an empire and it is that at the time, they were one of the most powerful groups on earth in nearly every field. They led the industrial revolution.
There's a reason so many other countries aren't as well off as we are and it is because they haven't run things so well.
I remember listening (several years ago) to a community worker who was originally from a country with conflict. I think it may have been Afghanistan but not 100% sure. What she said was that something like 80% of the people there were displaced (because of political upheaval). And most only had education to a year 3 standard, if that. That most of the roads and permanent solid buildings there were from British occupation a century earlier and the people there were unable to build their own roads or buildings because no one there had the skill. They would need outsiders to do the job.
These are humans in crisis. Ordinary people who probably just want to be left alone in peace to bring up their families but they are surrounded by corruption and violence from their own people.
I am definitely not saying we don't have any problems here in Australia or any injustices or things we could do better. But we are still getting a lot of things right and I don't think we should be ashamed of our culture.