Yesterday was a day of writing and turning 3 more young roosters into food as fast as possible. The first time we did this it took us 3 hours for 5 chickens... I did yesterday's alone (trying to get back to work in a hurry) 3 in 45 minutes. So practice does help. It also marked the day when I first got heated about something in Australian politics. The ALP seems to believe that multiculturalism is good thing for Australia. I believe that the Australian culture of tolerance, letting people have a go, stepping in to help them with learning a strange environment are good for Australia. That's a culture in itself, one that has served us, as new migrants, well. One I'd like to imitate and learn to do my turn. The trouble as I see it is that ALP grandees failed to look at what makes a migrant migrate. The answer in almost cases is that they are unhappy with the Socio-political system - or the products thereof (economic situations are a product of the Socio-political situation, not of geology or the weather. Those can help, but as potentially super - wealthy countries like Zimbabwe and Iran prove, aren't enough in themselves).
It makes no sense, whatsoever to run away from a failed (for the migrant) Socio-political system to one which you percieve as better (or producing better outcomes, because its socio-political system is better) and dragging the baggage of your old system along with you. It makes no sense for me having come from a culturally divided country, where racial discrimination is a norm, and where there are 11 official languages and precious little national unity or common ground, riven with crime and xenophobia, to come and try make a little South Africa here. Yes, until I die will remember good people and lovely places in South Africa. I'll miss those. But I am meeting and making good friends with people here, and learning from them. If they pick something up from me, great. But that isn't the point of the excercise. It's the other way around. I'm here in their country to learn from them. To integrate into the Island and thereby Tassie, and thereby Australia. To immigrate means de facto to accept changes. It's a lot easier if you embrace changes. If I wanted it just like 'ome - I would have stayed there. And if I wanted to rebuild into a historical 'home' - I should remember that history repeats for those who don't learn the first time.