ANZAC Day I went to my second ever dawn service, this time in Wellington. I was pleased to some protesters but didn’t think burning a flag was necessary. They were right that the service was a justification for war – making violence respectable and OK if it is defend freedom. Interestingly I found this paper among my things today when cleaning out some boxes (seems very apt): Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Revisiting Civil Religion. If that seems interesting maybe these books will too:
Today I completed the survey at http://www.8tribes.co.nz after seeing the book 8 Tribes – The Hidden Classes of New Zealand, by Jill Caldwell and Christopher Brown in a book shop. I did the survey on the website and here are the results:
Your dominant tribe is Grey Lynn
You’re dedicated to the idea of making a difference and living in a principled way. You love culture and ideas.
The Grey Lynn Tribe – Intellectual
The highly educated intelligentsia who value ideas above material things and intellectualise every element of their lives. Their most prized possession is a painting by the artist of the moment, they frequent film festivals, secretly wish they had more gay and Maori friends, feel guilty about discussing property values and deep down are uneasy about their passion for rugby.
Related News Story: Which tribe are you? Sunday Star Times | Monday, 15 January 2007