Why I don’t feel at home

A few people have laid comments upon the violence witnessed in Cronulla.

Anyone likely reading probably knows the facts already. So this is just how I feel.

When I see this, I see once again how well my summary of the sinful condition is. For you see, I see sinfulness as the attitude that says ‘I win’, and by way of corollary says a few other things, like, ‘You lose’, ‘Stuff the rest of you’, and ‘Its mine’. I’ve never really known the tribalism that was evidenced there. But it seems to stem from the idea that ‘This place is mine. Stuff the rest of you’, and ‘I refuse to lose anything to anyone else’.

What I’m trying to say, is that we have very much lost a sense of collective responsibility, collective stewardship, and an awareness of community. This world talks of singulars – ‘yours’, ‘mine’ – ‘you can do this’, ‘this is yours’. But humanity is a ‘we’, ‘us’. Heck, getting people to actually pack up the hall on Sunday is hard enough. And if that, then what of the rest?

I feel somewhat awkward, shamed. For I call this place, Australia, my home. Yet I am not at home, as I am often reminded. Yet still, I have chosen to accept Australia and everything that comes with it. Disgust because of the Stolen Generations, repugnance when I think of the White Australia policy, yet pride and remembrance on Anzac Day. It doesn’t surprise me that this sense of being a part of a corporate whole does not permeate all. It took me a while to come to grips with and to accept being a part of greater things, sharing in both the good and the bad of being Australian. For all the things we teach kids, I think we don’t teach them this enough.

There is a level at which moral responsibility must be taught not only at an individual level, as even boring ethics lecturers may teach, but also that one has a responsibility as being part of a group.

Those who are in Adam’s humanity must accept the sin that is Adam’s. And this is why there is a new humanity, Jesus. You escape the guilt of Adam by changing your ‘humanity’ to the body of Christ, the man of heaven, from that of Adam, the man of dust. Yes, the sins of the father are not counted against the son, but that is if the son rejects the ways of the father and walks in righteousness. By being human, we say, Adam is our father. But now we can say, God is our father. (I am not commenting on the current eternal state of Adam, but rather, that it was his sin that brought the falling of humanity, and thus we inherit what he brought about.)

By being Australian, you accept that this country has embraced multiculturalism and tolerance. If you cannot accept those, leave the country and don’t call yourself Australian. If you think that any part of this country is not open to people of some nationality, leave the country and don’t call yourself Australian. If you think that you are better than someone just because your skin is different, leave the country and don’t call yourself Australian. If you think violence is a legitimate way of winning an argument, if by your actions you despise the law, which shows you how to live in this country, leave the country and don’t call yourself Australian. We may be tolerant, but tolerance has its limits and it stops at d***heads.

If you want a place where everyone is like you, accede from the Commonwealth and start your own country. As for me, I will continue to live with the overall nice, respectful community I live in who have zero care-factor for the fact that I’m Asian. Grow up or go home.

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