August 6, 2010

National Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 7:12 pm

Our country turns 45 in three days. Flags are hanging off window sills, banners everywhere, stages are literally set for a festival of the wildest order. Yet, before you start lighting sparklers, before you paint your face red and put on that grin, ask yourself one simple question: What exactly are you celebrating?

The banners, or the beautiful, clean and green landscape?

The fireworks, or the safety stemming from a strict no-guns policy?

The parade, or the sophisticated transport system, designed for our convenience?

The earth-rattling rumble of song and dance, or the lack of natural disasters?

The public holiday, or the nation’s birthday?

The national colours, or the colourful assortment of food made available?

The culture, or the lack of one?

The day, or the idea behind it?

Do you celebrate because they tell you to? Or do you celebrate because, despite knowing what you could obtain, you recognize what you already hold.

Do you celebrate their day? Or do you celebrate yours?

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