“And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.” This is a quote from the official Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in February 2008. A signed copy of the apology is on display at Parliament House in Canberra.
Pride is one of the positive mood states identified by psychologists, and is in the company of interest, enthusiasm, being inspired, and excited, and feeling strong, alert, determined, and attentive. On the “negative” scale are moods such as scared, nervous, upset, distressed, irritable, hostile, ashamed, jittery, afraid, and guilty, which presumably includes contrition.
I’m travelling, so there’s no time to elaborate. But here are some pictures from a capital city that foregrounds pride.
- Bastian, Michelle. 2013. Political Apologies and the Question of a ‘Shared Time’ in the Australian Context. Theory Culture Society, (DOI: 10.1177/0263276413486679) http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/05/21/0263276413486679, 1-28.
Watson, David, Lee Anna Clark, and Auke Tellegen. 1988. Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: The PANAS scales. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, (54) 6, 1063–1070.
- Connections: pride, proud, uprightness, identity, nationhood, pride and prejudice, seven deadly sins, Tower of Babel, out and proud, black pride, hubris, reconciliation, pride of place.