An Open Letter To My Fellows (or Fuck Off You're Fools)
An open letter to all my fellow Australian and Human Being’s.
I feel, and indeed am, blessed to be born in this nation. A country consistently ranked in the higher echelons of lists discussing living standards, freedom of speech and overall satisfaction. It is full of people of literally every single race, creed, social statuses, gender, sex etc. you can find in the world. It was only the other day I was driven to work in a taxi by a man who hailed from Turkmenistan, a small oil rich, former Soviet Republic near the Caucus Mountains, whom I was later to find out, not many people had heard of. He explained his joy at living in this country, his happiness at not being persecuted for basic, elementary things that we would think trivial, such as sexual orientation, was a joy to watch, as simply one human being to another. But it did get me thinking about this nation of ours. One that prides itself on humanity and freedom. Of equal opportunity rights, regardless of any perceived social “deformity.” A nation that I have heard called, by both Australians and indeed a large amount of foreign citizens, as the greatest country in the world. Yet for some reason, we do not have the ability to completely understand and provide equal opportunity for all of our citizens, as well others from across the globe. Like nearly anyone in this country who pays even the slightest attention to the media, I have been indoctrinated in the previous year by two specific issues:
That of Gay Marriage, and that of “Boat People".
Both topics invoke strong, passionate views of everyone, on all sides of the political and social spectrum. Yet it seems few, especially those in the media, have tried to tackle the main issue: that of the term “good.” It is of course a word thrown around like many others, debated about it’s true meaning and then interpreted in any number of convenient ways in order to present an opinion. Which is fine, encouraged and I do so myself on a daily basis. But in the scheme of things, surely people must agree that doing good is “helping our fellow man (not gender specific) and treating everyone equally.”
When I say this to people, it more often than not receives a universal nod of approval. For it is basic knowledge isn’t it? Even as a child we are taught this, or at least a version of it.
Then how come, for the two aforementioned issues, does this suddenly go out the window, replaced with bigotry, ignorance and stupidity? The issue of “boat people” (I place this term in inverted commas to indicate the sarcastic thoughts I put into it’s usage) is borderline laughable, a strong, and successful way to endanger Human Rights and contravene International Law. For one, it is the right of every person to seek refuge in another nation, wether through persecution or not. It is also international Law for nations to accept these people.
Whilst I wont reveal my political allegiances for the sake of this article, I will say that no particular Governments policy on the matter has left me with much hope. But what is more appalling is the general state of the public’s opinion when it comes to the issue. I heard one social media user say, “They should all be shot like ducks” whilst another one called me “a faggot who wants this country to go to the dogs” for simply offering my condolences on a boat full of Asylum Seekers. It is now common place in this country of ours to see “Fuck off we're full” stickers on the back of vehicles, yet I defy you to meet someone, besides the full blooded Indigenous population of Australia, whose family didn’t at some point immigrate here. I hear a lot of passages thrown around whereby immigrants can come to Australia but they must do it correctly, not “illegally” on boats, “If they cant afford it they shouldn’t come.” I would counter that by asking about the number of European immigrants who arrived in this country after the Second World War, who were financially stable, better off in their homeland, and came here properly (whatever that could possibly mean.)
Even in my mother’s former hometown of Griffith, she has dealt with a large number of Italian families who openly vent disgust at the growing Indian population who save up their income, preferring to live in poor conditions, so that they can afford to bring their entire families over, forgetting that they did the exact same thing three generations ago.
It must be considered a sad state of affairs, when, a man can come into my workplace and, after asking for a common Australian beverage break into a racial tirade. When he was told we didn’t have his drink, he launched into a campaign about “Foreigners who want to change Australia day to citizen day etc.” Whilst other people laughed around him, some even cheering him on, like a messiah and not the pathetic bigot he truly was. I for one was ashamed (and just so we are all clear, the name Australia day, and especially the issue revolving around the actual name of the day, has nothing to do with immigrants, rather the indigenous population feeling aggrieved that the day their land was invaded is now widely celebrated). If anything, immigrants who I have witnessed on Australia day have celebrated it more than anyone, like my driver, thankful for the nation they are in. It is, if anything, the people who supposedly 'belong' here who continually put a black mark on this nation.
For me the issue of Gay marriage is laughable, and I am certain it is something that the world will look back on with horror in the future like they do now with slavery and Gender based pay rates. The idea that two people cannot be married because they supposedly don’t go along with the norm is the most preposterous thing anyone can think of. It is again a sad day that when the vote was shut down in Parliament, it was labelled a “conscience vote,” whereby the MP’s were allowed to vote their personal preference, and not along party lines. It must be such a horrible thing to have on ones conscience, to have decided on the happiness, and I do mean happiness, of a group of people whose personal life has no effect on anyone else’s.
If I was to tell someone they couldn’t park in my car spot, even though I never owned a car and didn’t even attend the workplace in question, people would call me an asshole, they would even, and rightly so, question why I even have a car spot. The same thoughts apply here. The arguments are always invalid. “Well the law says marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” Good, change it. Simple. If you can change the law to outlaw artificial Marijuana, surely you can change the wording of a law to allow thousands of couples happiness.
My Grandparents, staunch Catholics, have told me on several occasions that Gay couples can’t get married because they cant produce children. Such a ludicrous statement like that can then surely be applied to couples who are infertile, or elderly, or sick, or simply do not want a child. It is so sad to see a nation who prides itself on forward thinking be stuck so far in the dark ages.
And huge portions of the population agree with everything I am against in these two statements.
They are happy in their own small world, enjoying the benefits they receive through no effort of their own, and are happy to stay bigoted about the topics, to the point of cringe worthiness. So whilst I am sure few people will read this small piece, I do beg you to open your minds to the happiness of others. It really isn’t affecting you to make others happy. We live in the second least populated country in the world by density, we export 60% of our produce because we have so much, come on Australia, don’t let New Zealand be a better country than us. Stand up, fight for equality, and stamp out injustice, because it is getting a little sad.