Forever Under Construction

The Aboriginal Sin

Posted in Aborigenes, Afghanistan, Australia, History, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, World by homeyra on March 30, 2007

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PPGG sent me this picture. She added the Iran pin to her previous collection: Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.

I didn’t recognize the 6th flag, so I asked her and I learned that it is the flag of Australian aborigines. Without having ever read on this subject I had a vague idea of what this could be about, but I still asked PPGG to tell me some of the history.

I respect PPGG‘s vision of humanity as a whole and I wonder how come so many people fail to see it that way.

Really, what do they teach in schools to end-up having think-tanks and pompous organizations run by Ivy-blinds who tear pages of history, destroy cultures, spend trillions you-know-where and pretend that “we create the reality“.

Yes, you do, but it is a really ugly one.

Isn’t it amazing that in the 21st century, with all that wealth and science and communication we can’t do any better? Can’t we go beyond Fred‘s rules: … doctrine and optimism should always outweigh history and common sense? Can’t we improve in our ways of treating other peoples? Is the Aboriginal model stuck deep in our brains?

Anyway, here is a short history of the Australian aborigines, courtesy of PPGG:

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The Australian Aborigines are the original inhabitants of this land. Australia’s white (European settlement) actually only started just over 200 years ago, when the British decided this new land might be a good penal colony for their overflowing prisons! The Dutch and others also circumnavigated Australia before the British, but didn’t colonise.
Both prior to and upon arriving, the British had of course encountered the aboriginal natives, but declared the land “terra nullius”, empty and thus began the dispossession of the nomadic Aboriginal people who had a very special relationship to the land and to whom British property rights were completely alien.
As Australian settlement grew, Australia formally became a nation in 1901, the Aborigines were treated as second class citizens. Indeed, they weren’t even citizens until a referendum in 1967 (!!) granted them the right to vote.
Worse, the invasion of an alien culture, foreign diseases, forced assimilation and alienation led to increased crime rates, petrol sniffing and deaths in custody. The health of Australian aborigines in some remote outback communities is so appalling that it is called Fourth World: third world conditions in a first world wealthy country.
Australian Dreamtime and cosmology was little understood. It is a beautiful culture. Missionaries tried to Christianize them and would take children away from their parents until only a few decades ago, called the Stolen Generation.
There are many successful Aboriginal Australians and they are thriving as a community. They are a very proud and resilient people and have honored their culture and identity. Some social indicators still indicate that some communities are disadvantaged, but this is slowly improving. The Reconciliation movement that started in the 1990s was a good initiative.
Indigenious Australians

Update on Tissa: March 30 2007

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  1. servant said, on March 30, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Oh you just want to push all my buttons don’t you, Homeyra. A picture of professor Ann’s delicious neck juxtaposed with ideas about reality creatin’. Those concepts just slammed together between my poor ears like both halves of eternity. And you got Fred’s rules too!

    Reality creating is a boutique specialty of my fav philosopher Fred the idol hammer Nietzsche. The reasoning goes that since God is dead, we must be free to make up your own rules. A lot of people wonder if professor Fred was prescient about the arrival of the Third Reich 50 some years after his death with it’s armies of Ubermensch making up rules for everyone else and overcoming others instead of overcoming themselves as professor Nietzsche had envisioned. But that was not not what the professor imagined. Instead the old Nietz envisoned a world in which a modern promethius unbound would set about the creation of entirely new realities. And thus Nietzsche began encouraging the revaluation of all values. But it’s a huge task an in no wise assured. To mean this he created the idea of the Last Man. The Last Man is the one who will fail to improve humanity. Who will settle.

    Which is a perfect segway to the subject of the Aboriginal dream time, and the mythological layers which provide the infrastructure for our global consciousness. Jung theorized that since all cultures discover strikely similar symbol sets in dreams, that we must therefore all be connected by what he called collective consciousness — an awareness which is expressed by the culture with various pictures and stories and icons. The Catholic church found these universal symbols so compelling that it borrowed many of them from the pagan religions as suggested in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.

    Which means that we’re either on this planet alone together. Or not. Children of a lesser god than Israel’s who doesn’t love us but who continues to provide us with the things that we need – sustenance and meaning.

    Now that the quote unquote modern has exceeded it’s usefulness the quote unquote moderns are all looking to the ancients for the one thing previously discarded as the knowledge of original people – the answer to the biggest questions of all: who am I? why am I here?

    So what if the neocons think reality is a figment of their imagination? It is!

    But Iran and Iraq and Palestine and Sudan and Sumatra also have the power to create reality. There is nothing in the Bible that I know of or any of the other holy books that says that Jews have a monopoly on reality creatin’.

    So go get to it. Everyone create reality today! If Condi and the Vulcans can do it, it can’t be that hard.

    It’s fun. And it pisses off the fascists. Nothing has ever stopped fascists except people who said no, who insisted their own reality with their entire being.

    Man – I’m going to have to cross post this sermon for Monte. Maybe he’ll let me be a guest preacher! Ya thinks? Yeah right!

    😀

    I love to yammer with a hammer.

  2. peoplesgeography said, on March 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    The preacher, the pastor, the teacher and the architect …. all walk into a bar … just kidding 😀

    Very nice synthesis, dear Serv. The blogosphere priesthood, preaching D-I-Y reality autonomy from the electronic pulpit … a Vision Splendide.

  3. servant said, on March 30, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    uhm — your spellun checker’s broke, Homey! Sorry bout dat. Get that fixed wool ya?

  4. peoplesgeography said, on March 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Homie, I am proud to wear the Persian colours in solidarity and friendship. It is fitting that I followed the link you posted for the pins here. Thanks for including a write-up on the Aboriginal topic, a most important issue.

  5. homeyra said, on March 30, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, Serv, thanks for this roundup!
    I guess reality creating, is like art: are you being creative because you don’t know the rules, or is it because you have mastered them and going beyond.
    The “reality creating” as mentioned above, is more like someone who is smashing everything. Sure a reality is created: the reality of a smashed environment, the least I could say.
    A prescription: live for a while with the Aborigines to learn to respect things before handling smash-able things!
    Dear PPGG: I like the idea of the preacher, the pastor, the teacher… 🙂
    I am one of those fascinated by everything. Thank you for the picture, for your solidarity and introducing as a chapter of our common history.
    Just came across this: Creating a culture of cheerfulness as Rome burns!

  6. Bluebear2 said, on March 31, 2007 at 2:28 am

    I guess one knows when they’ve been gone too long – the name, mail and website boxes don’t remember you any more!

    I saw the Fred Rules over at Ann’s the other day, nice to find them here as well.

    Thanks for all the wonderful links you’ve been sending. It sure is getting hard to try and stay on top of everything these days. It could become a full time occupation, but one has to eat!

  7. servant said, on March 31, 2007 at 2:34 am

    That is a healthy batch of hate in that thar article by Ms. Baker. It is really possible to get a Ph.D. in oversimplification and national character assassination? If I ran the same algorithm on Iranian history, bringing forward shards of history with which to extrapolate your national character, you’d suspect I harbor ill-will toward you.

    This is the most incisive defense of the victim space psychology I’ve read in a long time. Americans are deluded therefore they failed to right all wrongs everywhere. Or worse – which is the clear inference of this hate piece – because some Americans think dangerous thoughts they actually create the conditions for all wrongs everywhere.

    Horse apples. Are they my poor?

    Only children and adolescents believe that they can, as The Secret insists, have anything they want. Rhonda Byrne of Prime Time Productions, one of the principal filmmakers and author of the book The Secret, says she was inspired by reading “The Science Of Getting Rich”, a 1910 book by Wallace D. Wattles, a New Thought transcendentalist, which proclaims that one’s wealth or lack thereof is a product of one’s thought and attitudes. Positive thinking attracts good things; negative thinking attracts lack.

    When I hear these concepts, I can only return to: How uniquely American! Can you imagine telling twelve year-old girls in Chinese sweatshops—the ones who work sixteen hours a day for pennies, live in squalor, may get raped at any moment, and sometimes are found dead at the ripe old age of twenty at their sewing machines from working themselves to death—can you imagine telling them that their situation is the product of their thoughts? Examples of such ghastly human suffering are countless in a world where millions of human beings live on less than two dollars a day.

    The reality created by Baker’s essay is also an extremely ugly one.

  8. homeyra said, on March 31, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Hi BB2, longtime 🙂
    Serv: I liked the article’s title! Specially in relation to some other recent articles about cheerleaders …
    I trust your criticism toward the content. I must just add that I don’t think the phenomena is something that would apply to one peculiar society and not to the others. Oversimplification is usually a good way to try to get on top of the things, be it blaming the victim or too much defense.
    Btw, last night I saw Al Gore’s documentary. Just too much reality to handle!

  9. servant said, on March 31, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    My life feels like I’ve been crawling on all fours on a cheeze grater for seven years. This is not a good time to be an American either. I can feel what it’s like to be an Iranian.

    I do not identify with the current regime in my country any more than you do in yours, but I do empathize with my fellow American citizens and I’m not going to do nothing when someone takes a cheap shot – Ph.D. or no. We might be a bunch of Gumps, but we stick up for each other.

    It ain’t me. I ain’t no fortunate son.

  10. homeyra said, on March 31, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Serv: I also do empathize with your fellow American citizens, and of many other countries. It just seems that it is not a good time to be on the planet Earth! … I wish I had a punch line to finish this comment. I don’t.

  11. servant said, on March 31, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Visualize whirled peas! 😀


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