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I always knew that people were greedy, cruel, selfish in some sort of way that is, today, innate and ingrained. At least in Australia. But probably elsewhere too.
I was reading on AdelaideNow about how a the government wants to get people in Australia to host refugee “boat people” for short term periods and be paid $300/week for it. I thought this was a great idea. People are always saying how we don’t get enough help from the government, enough money, so why not swap room in a house for some cash? The comments about the story disagree… the most persistent argument was that they should be sent back to where they came from, left in the water, that the money should be used to put them on a plane home. The second was that people didn’t want strangers in their homes. This, I suppose, is kind of valid; it could be unnerving sharing your personal space with someone you don’t know. But people were saying they didn’t want to wake up with a gun to their head, they didn’t want their children being “indoctrinated” with muslim/islamic notions. Maybe their children could use a multicultural education… They say the government should be more concerned with helping Australians, the struggling, and the homeless. For one thing, to be Australian is to be from somewhere else essentially. I would have someone stay with us if we had a spare room in our house.
I wish people could understand how it feels to do something for someone else, not even selflessly, but not be so concerned with what they get out of it, but what the other person is getting. I wish people could be compassionate and kind. I wish people would even just help their neighbour, if not their fellow global citizens. Australia is rapidly changing from the country where everyone is supposed to get a fair go, to a country filled with self-righteous citizens that begin sentences with “I’m not racist, but…”