Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feels like doing "in-store/shopping mall promotions" again when I saw how long I haven’t been writing my blog, well i.e. to follow the festivals & seasons of the year
Anyway, didn’t expect myself to having something to write on St. Valentine’s Day actually. But a news headline has drawn my attention and made me wanna share with all my friends. From SCMP:
"PM says sorry to members of the Stolen Generation… Australia yesterday apologised for the first time for the historic mistreatment of Aborigines, heralding a new era in race relations and moving indigenous people ot tears as huge crowds cheered across the nation…"
The scene of Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised in Parliament has popped me the images of both Martin Luther King Jr. in his powerful heartfelt speech "I Have a Dream" back in 1963, and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, its capital I visited last Jan. Now staging an exhibition of "First Australians", this Museum has shocked me on how serious the country is taking on Aborigins and their long term conflict with the whites. 
    the NMA in Canberra in its exterior:
    A hall entrance showing all the descriptions of the emotions of aborigins & European settlers in the new land:
There is also a Garden of Australian Dreams which shows the reflection of the complexity of mixed races. And of course, the Kspace Futureworld in which I myself has built my own "dream house & automobile" in Oz. As its architect Howard Raggatt has said, "We liked to think that the story of Australia is not one but many tangled together."
Although there are still criticisms like the Rudd’s government is still not touching on concrete compensation issues, but merely making this high profile & publicised apology, it is still touching when reading on for the news coverage:
"It makes the indigenous community feel, for the first time in a real long time, really feel part of Australia, that it’s embraced by the whole Australian nation," Stolen Generation elder Mark Bin Bakar said. "It’s about us coming together as a country, acknowledging our past and moving on, accepting each other as brothers and sisters of this nation."
At least there is still hope, not revenge, like what Martin Luther King wanted to put forward in the 60s:
"…when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
May true "Love" lasts… Happy Valentine’s Day!
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