Today was a pretty ordinary day in our house; just an ordinary Saturday doing ordinary Saturday things.
The Architect took the big kids to the market to do our weekly shop. He came home with fresh coconuts for me which was lovely. Spent close to $200 on the groceries which is at the expensive end of a shop for us.
I did dishes, dishes and more dishes combined with a stack of washing. I sent emails, tidied up a bit and cooked.
I turned lights on, and off. I used the computer, heated our home and even finished off some clothes in the dryer.
I did all this and more. Boring right?
Except it’s not really – because all those things I did, I did because I am an Aussie, and I am rich.
80% of the world live on less than $10 a day.
We spent more on our groceries today that some people earn in a month.
I can’t remember where the stats are but I am pretty sure I’m in the top 1% of the worlds wealthy. If you’re an Aussie you are too. Yay for you! and me! We are blessed indeed.
A few years ago a beautiful young girl called Amy died. She was 21.
Amy used to find it really hard that she had so much, both materially and spiritually, simply because she was an Aussie. It was a cause of great inner turmoil for her … it just wasn’t fair and she felt this with a depth and intensity rarely seen.
I never knew quite what to say to her when we’d have these conversations. The best I could come up with was that she was right and that the best way we could really respond was by being responsible with what we had – with our wealth, our knowledge of God and His love and with our lives.
Amy would be heartbroken and really, really pissed off today. She’d be gracious about it, as was her way, but she was tough and she’d be tough about our governments decision to break out moral and legal obligations to people seeking asylum.
Over 90% of people who arrive by boat, in Australia, seeking asylum are found to be genuine refugees.
If you don’t know the facts, then now is the time to learn them. Today is a day where the best we can do is be informed…
Australia’s view on global refugee problem is distorted ~ Tim Costello
You’ve been misled on boat people. Here are the facts. ~ Julian Burnside
Today we must be informed and be resolved. We can do better and together, we will.