This made me cry; bright and brave youth singing from their hearts about pulling together to help those in need after the cyclone and floods in Queensland.
My favourite part -
"We are one but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come,
we share a dream,
And sing with one voice,
I am, you are, we are Australian."
I hope Australia can grow to really embrace this part of the song. We do come from all around the world. I am so tired of seeing bumper stickers that say "F... off we're full" (Um, have you seen how effin huge Australia is???) "We grew here, you flew here, f... off". This second one by the way would include me. I flew to Australia when I was 3 months old. Should I leave too?!
I like to think of my home as the starting place for celebrating diversity whilst striving for social cohesion. I need to practice this just as much in my own marriage as I do in my wider community!
Then could we write a global song that embraced the same ideas? - "I am, you are, we are earthlings" doesn't quite have the same ring to it but I'm sure there is some wonderful lyricist out there who could get something flowing. Could we also include the animals, the plants, the very earth itself. We are part of a wondrous cycle of life. The earth sustains us if we respect it. People respond with love when they are treated with love. It should be like some kind of Golden Rule or something.