DOESN’T everyone want to live in harmony?
Granted, sometimes it is hard to get along with all the people we encounter in the course of our daily lives, but this is just part of what Harmony Day is all about.
We are fortunate enough to live in a country with no immediate threat of war, famine or economic crisis.
This ‘lucky country’ of ours provides opportunities for everybody, regardless of race, culture or creed.
And we are extremely blessed to have a nation filled with people from all walks of life who have been welcomed by most Australians with open arms.
Imagine life without the Italian or Greek influence on our cuisine.
Who could do without Chinese takeaway or Mexican feasts?
But it’s not just about food.
The gifts brought to our shores by people from other countries are immeasurable.
It’s because of immigrants our culture is so rich and diverse.
And anyone who wants to challenge the benefits of such diversity would do well to take a minute and stop to think about what life would be like without the wonderful fabric weaved by the blending of different cultures.
We really are lucky.
So today, during Harmony Week, the Mandurah Mail wants to say thank you to all the people from far-flung corners of the globe who have sought our region out to make a home.
We appreciate what you bring to our city.
You teach us things every day and have so much to contribute to our way of life.
We will continue working towards harmony.
And, with your help, we will get there.