Have we let the Anzac myth distort our view of war and conflict? Do the ideals it upholds obscure the reality that war leaves behind?
Myths are the sacred stories that shape tradition, religion and national identity. They are the stories of heros' journeys and the changing of a nation. In times gone by these myths have survived as they are handed down through text and telling, weaving their way into the fabric of culture. But in a modern context, who gets to adjudicate history, deciding what we, as a nation, remember and revere?
The 1st AIF, Gallipoli and The Western Front lay the foundation for the ANZAC myth. Mateship, sacrifice, tall poppies and the Australia spirit are the morals of that tale. But who shaped that story? Who gets to decide on an interpretation of mateship over blind loyalty, sacrifice over thoughtless bloodshed? Have we lost the reality of the Anzacs, and does it really matter?
Low Tea talks are a time for conversation, discussion and respectful debate. Come prepared to discuss your point of view, and listen to that of others.
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