When different cultures meet in a spirit of creative freedom, amazing things can happen.
In the following micro-movie made in his Wominjeka Garden earlier this week, Uncle Glenn Loughrey turned the soil for a memorial planting and found eight words which constitute brilliant insight into what the Australian tradition of memorial tree plantings can become.
Lest We Forget.
Bunjil watches over us.
Let Bunjil fly!
To resolve the differences between competing cultures, we must seek what’s good and keep away from what’s wrong. (Amar Makruf Nahi Mungkar)
Geoff Fox, 24th September, 2022, Naarm, Down Under
Watch the hands of Aussie men in dancing dedication to commemorate the courage of those who kept us free.
This is not a very highly formalised planting and dedication of a Memorial Tree.
Its a relaxed meeting of friends in a small town in one woman’s front yard.
The way they go about this reflects the values of past heroes who served for their loved ones, for their country and for us. They often suffered terribly and were all ready to die for a good life together for everyone.
"IF WE GO TO MOTHER NATURE FOR CONSOLATION, SHE WON'T ALLOW USTO GO AWAY UNCARED." Javanese Women's Rights Pioneer, Raden Ajeng Kartini, 21st January, 1901
On this day, the 16th anniversary of the death of my mother, Margaret Fox, I have contemplated the meaning for me of motherhood in the Founders’ Garden at the historic building, Ercildoune, in Footscray, Australia.
Gday Nathan Buckley, Mason Cox, Brayden Maynard, Scott Pendlebury, Jeff Browne, Major Brendan Nottle and Craig McRae,
with this open letter, I extend an invitation to each of you to help me in my military heritage based efforts to form a small, initially primarily artistic team to support Jordan De Goey to deal with the bullying he has recently faced and which, if it escalates, could become worse than what was done to Adam Goodes and drove that champion out of the game.
In my opinion, Jordy has been bullied because what I presume is his heterosexuality was exposed in public.
That bullying is wrong.
Brayden, you publicly described Jordy like this:
Brayden, I believe you. Thank you for standing up for your mate and letting the world know what he is really like.
We must not let virtue-signaling people, whether lone trolls online or lazy, self righteous, insensitive individuals, trash human rights from within the safety of paid positions in large organisations. This can really hurt kind, good-natured souls like Jordan De Goey.
We must not let the bullies create a situation where “Side By Side We Stick Together” becomes “Side By Side We’re Sick Together”
Jordy himself has publicly warned how much damage what I am calling mob bullying of athletes could do.
Is a safe place for bullies what we want Collingwood and Australia to be?
Or do we want to channel the spirit of WW2 and seek victory for human rights just like the diggers and their allies achieved in WW2.
If a bookish bloke like my dad could help do that in Balikpapan in WW2’s last major battle, we can all do it now.