Allan Takes Aim Blog

Special Days

Posted on: 21 March 2012

First Posted The Chronicle, Canberra,Tuesday 19 March, 2012
A long catalogue already exists of days that commemorate local people and important local and national events: a prime example of the latter: ‘Sorry Day.’
That said, I do not want to see that list extended to include days just for the purpose of satisfying the egos of people who wield influence and/or power, or both, and think people or events they have recommended should be commemorated for no reason other than it is their recommendation. Indeed I can think of no better reason for not adding them to the list.

Unfortunately Canberra’s demographic make- up is such that it harbours many such people. It must be said also, that special days of commemoration should not be promulgated by politicians only, even if some commemorative days are born of politics.

In true community based organisations, however, many of the people involved think their cause more important than politics. And while politicians might say otherwise, even more Canberrans might well think them right. At the same time, politicians of every ideology also think them important. Never knowing when they might need a political snack to sustain them as they ply their trade commemorative days are often the snack they always carry in their political tool kit.

But let me put politics aside to say my reason for writing about this subject came as the result of a remark I overheard during a conversation between two ladies in a city café, when one said she was fed up getting telephone calls from all kinds of organisations seeking support for their pet projects. She blamed this on the government but, to be fair, activists are more to blame than the government even though the governments might endorse a project it if they thought it would pull votes.

That apart, in the foreseeable future, and only having 366 days to play with, the idea of commemorative days might soon become unsustainable, which raises the question: has the time come for for organisations that share similar objectives to look at the possibility of sharing days? Indeed, by combining resources they could maximise publicity and they gained on their sharing day, to ensure their message will get through to the public without impinging on their organisation’s ability to do their own thing on other days in the year.

Unfortunately, the proliferation of days commemorating individuals thought of as saints – though many people think them sinners – and days dedicated to helping overcome either a special problem or social conditions that need attention, money, or both, have now assumed epidemic proportions. In some cases also, efforts to promote them might also have become an exercise in futility as they battle other organisations while trying to capture the public’s collective mind and dollars.

In the social sense it has to be said that many of the events that people want observed and commemorated on a particular day are so worthy that communities far from Australia and Canberra also want to commemorate the same days. Not that this is a case of great minds thinking alike; it is more the case that people in every country across the world face the same problems and as do some Canberrans, they band together in an effort to have it remembered..

Of more interest to me however, is that people across the world in organisations big and small want to commemorate the same kind of people and events as do Canberrans. In a sense this is a paradox that raises the question: why are people enemies when they share so many values?

Indeed as I think of the world today, the act of sharing the same days of commemoration fosters strong bonds of friendship, not enmity. And in that spirit of friendship when each person thinks of distant friends pursuing the same goals, they do not think of them as friends with a particular religious belief, or as wealthy friends or as friends of a particular colour. They think of them as people with the greatest quality of all: humanity.

Let me end by suggesting days of commemoration would no longer be needed if the world’s powerbrokers in every sphere of life, cultivated that same sense of humanity.

Is that too much to hope for?

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