I’ve had the most interesting conversation with my son this afternoon. He had been speaking with a man who strongly believes that European ‘colonists’ should leave our country and let the indigenous peoples return to living off the land, hunting, growing and gathering food, and caring for each other.
Living and working in a “white man’s world” and having to pay their taxes and obey their laws was total anathema to this man.
I wonder how he would get on if we took away his home, his car, his television, his sports games, and all the other trappings of us “colonists” so that he didn’t have to go to work and pay taxes?
It seems to son and myself that this man is only looking at what he perceives as the good side of his culture. He has forgotten that cannibalism and starvation and slavery were all a part of life before Europeans arrived.
I find people like this very disturbing with the way they think. I know many bad things happened when these lands were settled, and it is always good to redress a wrong, but surely that is in the past when it comes to how we live our lives today.
The things this man says he seeks are all good, and are freely available to him and anyone else who desires to follow that path. Does he really need to bring the ugliness of racism and prejudice into it?
Sorry about the rant, but people like this upset me.
Hope your day is going well,