Greece was not a country I expected to be challenged by. White washed houses, pristine ocean, fresh food and perfect weather. All sounds pretty lovely to me. And it was lovely. At night time we wandered around in balmy weather past groups of friends and family playing board games outside or enjoying meals together. The one thing that wasn’t present was the good old “smart phone”. Sure they own a smart phone but their smart phone doesn’t own them. They were spending time together without needing to look at their phones. Finding relationships in real life. I felt incredibly welcomed by these people. They had time to say hello. To help. To laugh at the rain with me. Their warmth made me reflect: when was the last time I had time for a stranger at home? To be friendly to someone different to me? I couldn’t remember. I can remember many nights wasted on the internet or watching TV. I can remember averting eye contact with someone and mindlessly scrolling through Instagram instead of talking to the real live person waiting at the bus stop with me. As I’m sure most people reading this can. I wonder what Australia would look like if we took even 10 percent of the hours we waste looking at screens and used these hours to look at the world around us. To just say hello to each other. To be welcoming to strangers. To give a little bit of time to the many refugees, migrants and lonely people living in our own city. Instead we watch the media judge their plight or like posts about them on Facebook. I can only imagine that perhaps refugee “issues” might not be so big if we started valuing people’s lives above our lifestyle. I’m aware that this is not an original thought but the truth is as a culture in Australia we are far more concerned about saving our precious lifestyle than saving a life-myself included. I find this a pretty frightening reality. Let’s change.
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