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Far, Far Down Under

In Australia, the underdog is the most popular dog breed.


[mentality] We like failed attempts in Australia, perhaps more than anywhere else. Because we cultivate the underdog, we cultivate heroic flaws and stoic reactions just as much as we cultivate it to win.

Americans naturally respect real achievements, and they honor victims with tearful talk shows. Here it's different: We cultivate the black humor that comes with adversity – the hero sacrifice. Over the past two weeks, the country has seen the most exceptional example of this in my lifetime.

Our most important national day is Anzac Day on 25 April. It is in memory of all military officials, but the name refers to the Australian and New Zealand troops sent in the certain death at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, on. . .

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