From my perspective, Australia Day is not about guilt. It is about being people. No matter what happened in the past, no matter what might happen in the future, we are a nation made up of people, each as unique as any other, and each one like one another, whether we like it or not. We are a nation, and this is the day we celebrate our unity.

Today, you only got the day you “deserved” if you think you did. Today – like any day – we are all people, as flawed as the next. Today, we act like we could be better because we are untied by our nationality, even if not by our culture. Today, we act like the past is the /past/.

Personally, I think feeling guilty for things other people have done is going to give you an ulcer. I think I have /never/ considered you to be racist, and holding yourself responsible for the faults of others – especially those you are too young to have /ever/ influenced – is unhealthy. I think that today is about us choosing to make a better world for all of us, irrespective of difference. Today is about us unified as a nation, and that is something to feel proud about working towards.

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