For those of you who know me it’s no secret how much I love Australia. The people, the accents, the Tim Tams, the Starburst Babies, and the ‘no worries’ attitude.
So it probably comes as no surprise how much I love the movie Australia. It actually came out in theaters just as I was getting ready to leave the country after studying abroad. I didn’t see it until I got back to the States which was a gigantic mistake as it created such an intense longing to jump on a plane only two weeks after I’d returned home.
For those of you unfortunate souls who have never seen the movie, it takes place in Australia (shocker) during WWII when the Japanese were threatening to bomb Darwin, a city in the Northern Territory.
Fun story – I was on a bus in Townsville, Australia and was sat next to this elderly gentleman who started talking to me about living through that era. He spoke of hearing the Japanese on the radio every night saying they were going to invade and what a scary time it was to live through. It was an interesting story to hear first hand and then watch on the big screen a few weeks later.
During the time period the movie takes place there was a lot of discrimination against the Aboriginal people of Australia. There’s a scene about halfway through the movie where the two main characters, the Drover and Sarah (played by the hunky Hugh Jackman and the gorgeous Nicole Kidman respectively), are discussing the nature of his inability to attend a banquet that evening because of his association with Aborigines.
In response to Sarah’s protests to this treatment, the Drover responds with, “That’s just the way it is.”
And Sarah replies with:
That line really made an impression upon me.
Just because something has been done the same way for a long time, and it has gotten to the point that everyone just accepts it as the way things are, doesn’t mean it’s always the best at the present time.
Things change, times change, mentalities change, the world changes.
And oftentimes we get stuck in the old ways. In the mentality of, “Well this is how we’ve always done it.”
I think it’s important to take a step back and think about those words. To evaluate them. To consider the possibility that perhaps at one time that was the best way to do something, but it might no longer be that way.
I feel like this quote is relevant to a lot of issues these days. There seem to be a lot more people asking this question and pushing the issue of shaking up the status quo. Of questioning the long fought traditions and their validity in today’s world.
Change isn’t readily accepted by many and those set in their ways are hard pressed to reconsider a new way of working or thinking. Because change is uncomfortable. And we all like a certain level of comfort and predictability in our lives.
But the world moves on without those who remain rooted to outdated ideals and the stagnant mentality that change isn’t necessary for continued growth and success.
Because the truth of the matter is: just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be.