This weeks illustration topic brought to mind two aspects of Australian life that I have tried to represent. One being our dismal failure towards our native people and the universal experience of tragedy.
A year ago this month Australia was hit by the worst bushfire season on record. Homes, livestock and people were lost on a day that is now known as Black Saturday. This tragedy is a grim reminder that one and all, no matter our race, religion or politics we suffer loss and sorrow. Events like this one tend to put the small annoyances of life into perspective.
Secondly, an older tragedy that affects our country is the terrible destruction that has been inflicted on our Aboriginal people. Wether through ignorance or hate the long reaching results of the injustices that have occurred continue to resonate throughout our society.
This quote from Desmond Tutu
“If I demean you, I demean myself”
When we let hate rule us and our actions then we destroy ourselves in the process in fact I think the damage is greater to the one who is hating than to the one who is the object of our hate.
“As I begin to see from your perspective, I see we are the same”
This is when true reconciliation begins, and from the ashes we can rebuild.