:: Saturday, 4 June 2005 ::
More Sunday Shows
The super dooper fabulous Noel Pearson is on the ABC Insiders and he has just smacked down the imbecility of folks like Pat Dodson - Dodson has apparently said of the proposals to grant leaseholds to Aboriginals on native title lands recently 'the elevation of the individual over the community and over traditions forged for 50 thousand years' or some such.
Noel is polite and diplomatic. He says he sees no conflict between individuality and community.
He's got that right.
I mean, g'uh.
It is perfectly possile to be your own person, and to be part of a community.
Cripes, every nation on earth has grappled with this and found a balance.
And Aboriginals can too. They just can. And they will.
And when they do no thanks will be due to Pat Dodson, a foolish man who mistakes collectivism and community for culture.
Collectivism is just a away of organising. It is not culture. It is habit. There is a difference.
And if I am wrong and there is no difference, then the Abos have got themselves some lousy culture. That can be fixed, but. Harder to do, but doable.
:: WB 4:19 pm [link+] ::