Over the past week New Zealand has undergone a wonderful transition from being simply a copy cat nation, that has over then past 30 / 40 years simply agreed with whatever we were told to agree with. Even when the path that we were heading down was leading in the opposite direction to that which we actually wanted to go:
A miss-direction that our commonsense clearly indicated, and our historical development had already expressed was the correct path. But instead we came under political attack from our so-called friends. The USA, UK and Australia, and our governments of both colours caved in.
Right wing governments of both the red and blue hue had and still were simply saying to the world powers 'Tell us how high to jump!
It took the inbuilt common sense of our youth to put us back on track in regard to the welfare of our planet and therefor the welfare of humanity...
And it took the stupidity of white anti-people male idiots whom loved guns and Donald Trump who then cowardly and gutlessly murdered 50 plus men women and children as they prayed to their god in their church...and as strange as it might sound there are some who consider this strange person a hero...for killing 50 plus people in the name of white racism...and a comic book mentality.
I agree with the PM and that we should never utter his despicable name...so I will not write his name!
Below are simply a few of the many thousands of good Kiwi citizens who are celebrating the Manawatu Festival of Cultures.
Being there and being a part of this growing sense of nationhood was a great privilege and joy. In my respectful view it was like a religious event, not that I am a religious person...but to me religion is most clearly represented by the practise of 'LOVE' and love is what I felt as I moved amongst the huge and massive crowd on this warm Saturday morning.
Of course the Festival offers entertainment and the picture below shows a wonderful group of young Asian people singing in their language the songs of their past and present nations... The words were not important but the emotion of togetherness and the expressed love were very moving indeed...
To all those backward thinkers who believe that unless these culture groups speak English so that we can understand what they are saying then their message is wasted...simply proves how ignorant some people can be...That's what makes this festival so successful...its diversity and its lack of conformity is what demonstrates its strength rather than any weakness. The words 'They are Us, and we are them" are so powerful at this time in our history. We might just be at the beginning of something massive in human terms...We shall see.
This past week has proven that love and understanding is so much more powerful than hate and ignorance
The Fesival of Culture is in so many respects a 'coming of age for New Zealand. For it indicates a movement toward a grown up state of affairs, Here are a few references to some wonderful reports on the past week: Check them out in your own time, and share with your friends and family.
Read this to see the massive difference between NZ and US: