Was talking with a friend tonight about how, kind, charitable and friendly most New Zealanders are. She’s originally from England, came here when she was 16. She was talking about the Harvest Festival she went to on the weekend and how a friend of hers was chatting away to some people she thought he knew. When he came to talk to her and she asked who they were he said he didn’t know them, that they were travelling New Zealand and decided to come to the festival as they had seen it on a poster – he had asked them to come and join their table for the rest of the day. Sarah said if that was England there is no way anybody would do that, everybody stuck to themselves.
I recounted a story by a Chinese man I met protesting last year who was an English teacher and travelled a lot around the world. He told me also that out of all the countries he had been to New Zealanders were the most friendly, anybody would talk to you on the street, give you directions, the time or help with almost anything you asked. Even the way I had talked to him openly when I was sitting under Seddon outside Parliament, singing reciting poetry etc and had started the conversation while he was watching me. He told me that would never ever happen in China, if a stranger approached you on the street, for any innocent reason, the person would be frightened not respond and even run away. They would think the person was going to rob or harm them. We talked for about half an hour, we connected, felt similar about the way the world was headed and the way it should be headed and when he left we hugged goodbye.
I asked him lots of questions about what China was really like, very interesting and very scary the control the government have over there – good to hear there were now lawless cities in China the government couldn’t even go into – hotbeds of rebellion.
There was also a report last year saying we were the 3rd most generous country in the world.
With all this information about our culture WHY IS OUR GOVERNMENT and PARLIAMENT mean, uncharitable, miserly, elitist, threatening, abusive, degrading, insulting and unkind to some of the most vulnerable and deserving people here? Aren’t our members of Parliament supposed to represent ‘the people’, be a reflection of who we are and our culture?
Even our National Anthem talks about bonds of love and protecting us from dissension envy and hate. All those things neo-liberalism and cruel capitalism (being different to capitalism that isn’t cruel and doesn’t violate human rights etc) have inflicted on us over the past 30 years.
Why are we doing this, why are we allowing this, is our parliament being run by another country with a different culture? Is our country being run by cruel rich globalists and gambling addicts with psychopathic tendencies obsessed with money and power at all costs?
I know if we keep down this neo-liberal path we will lose the special connection we have with each other in New Zealand, we will lose that part of our cultural identity most of us have that sets us apart from the rest of the world.
At what point are they going to wake up and realise what they have created and allowed is very bad and does not reflect who we are, it does not follow our most precious constitutional laws or criminal law, nor the promises made in our National Anthem. At what point are the people who vote for this meanness and unkindness going to demand change?
Kia kaha and Aroha to us all.