This journal post, really, its about me, as a NZ born citizen, about to commit the single closest thing to treason as exists in the modern lexicon in my country. As such, don't feel abliged to read or consume.
The All Blacks need to lose the Rugby World Cup that's happening right now.
We need to not make it out of the pool stage.
It may not be news outside of here, but NZ is currently undergoing a massive change. We are starting to find ourselves on a world stage, what it means to be an independent nation. As with everything, this has taken steps in odd ways.
If you follow John Oliver, you know about the flag change proposal; trying to strip away our colonial roots to embrace a newer future, yadda yadda yadda. A fine goal, given an appropriate symbol to rally behind, which....
Yea, not happening. At best the new flag designs are corporate logos. "But what does that have to do with the rugby", you ask?
Our intrinsic sense of self identity is so tied up in what we excel at, at what we are best in, that it has created the situation. We hide behind the silver fern for marketing, because the Rugby is successful. It may not be a true *rugby* symbol, but it is why it's there. The silver fern exists in the zeitgeist because it's on the jerseys, and in our netball team; as much as I want it to, it's not tied to use because of the achievements of our women. It features in 3 of 4 final cut designs because of it. We are so tied to an idea of sporting heroes, we don't recognise the other places we succeed. Our history, our potential. We were the first to give women a vote; the first in Asia to recognise the right of all to marriage. We split the atom, we climbed impossible peaks. In trying to create a flag for the now, we made a brand. A flag is a neutral point for *all* Kiwis to rally behind; not just those who accept nonsense symbols. As much as other countries talk about symbolism in flags, there is a simplicity to them; a culture children and old can rally behind. They create something to stand for, not something to already half-heartedly follow.
So, we need to lose. We need to let the possible riots come. We need to grow past this idea of what our country *is*, and focus on what it could be. Not a brand, but a symbol. The rugby is a facet, but it cannot be what we are. To do so is to completely lose our sense of self. It should be simple, uncompromising, no symbols.
Well, not my country, I'm trying to get out to see you lot and across the Pacific so I can see you lot on a more regular basis, so my words may ring hollow. But damnit, as it stands
I am almost worried as to what the hell being a Kiwi means.