Thursday, January 07, 2016

Dan from Optus: your country means nothing

There is a major phone company here in Australia called Optus. Optus has been putting adverts up in shopping centres written in Arabic, hoping to appeal to that demographic. Some of the locals complained and were then given little "lessons" in diversity by an Optus representative called Dan. Dan is now a hero on the left for doing so - he is being hailed as an anti-racist etc.

Dan, however, is far from being the complete man. He told one customer, in defence of the Optus advertisements:
What are countries other than lines on a map?

Dan is not deep, not when it comes to really appreciating national diversity. For him, nations are just lines on a map. He is an outsider to national culture, and yet he is very ready to lecture others on the issue. Better for him just to be honest and say "I am numb to all this, I don't have it in me, it's not something that I can appreciate, I am just an outside observer."

What I am trying to say, in a nutshell, is that Dan has outed himself as being decultured - at least in the sense of identifying with a cultural tradition of his own; of having a love for it; of seeking its preservation; and of wanting to add to it. And this represents a loss in life. It is not something to be admired or wished for, but a loss of part of the emotional richness of life and a loss of part of our human identity, one that links us closely to people and place and to generations past and present.

8 comments:

  1. “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”-- Thomas Jefferson.

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  2. The problem with Dan is that he is not normal. Every healthy, normal Australian knows that his nation is special because it is his nation, and thus to be preserved and protected. The problem with Dan is that he has been brainwashed by the academics who, because they can't understand national loyalty, attack it as a mere social construct.

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    1. You are absolutely correct, Dan is exceptional. An exceptional Australian

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    2. Leanne, in what meaningful sense is Dan an "Australian"? I could understand if you as a leftist called him an exceptional person. But he is happy to dissolve the distinctive national tradition in favour of a global, open borders one. He can't then claim to belong to that national tradition.

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    3. "You are absolutely correct, Dan is exceptional. An exceptional Australian"

      Leanne, I suspect that Dan would be insulted by being referred to as an Australian.

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    4. Dan is not exceptional, he is a disgrace to all healthy patriotic Australians who love their country.

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  3. Dan, it seems, is a radical globalist, and we are the frogs slowly simmering in a pot.

    The elites of government and academia would have us believe that Dan is normal and those that disagree with him are racist.

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    1. Dan is an outstanding Australian. He just has a different view to you

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