XYZ Quote of the Day: Civilisation Day


ea30b50c2ff11c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d61cb518479df1_640_SydneyThe XYZ has caused a stir today, and rightly so, by pointing out some important, unfashionable facts about Australia. XYZ resident scribe, Boethius, had the following to say:

“It’s deeply unfashionable and unsociable to say it, so I will. The fact is Australia Day marks the day a far superior culture arrived on the shores of Australia and we are all the better for it.”


“The fact is, as uncomfortable and as unfashionable as it is, aboriginal Australia had not produced anything resembling a Shakespeare, nothing much in the way of technology, and no philosophy to speak of, in the 40,000 years available to it. The English brought the rule of law, the Westminster system, the notion of progress and all the benefits of the science, technology and ingenuity of the modern European tradition.”

The article, as is our style, has provoked many conversations across the internet. We would like to present The XYZ Quote of the Day to one person, (whom we are quoting anonymously,) who summed it up succinctly and brilliantly:

“If they want to rename it “invasion day” or “survival day” then I wish to rename it “civilisation day”.

Indeed. This January 26, let’s all enjoy a snag on the barbie, as we celebrate Civilisation Day.

It’s your XYZ.

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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.