What is Australian or un-Australian?
One wonders what that question meant to the early Australians, how they saw themselves or if they made an issue of it as often as we do, even.
While there is much mediatic fuss over what might constitute Un-Australian behaviour, it is rare to hear a proposed definition for what it means to be an Australian in simple terms that don't resemble any other.
What does it take to have an approach to life that you could call especially Australian? Editorials tend to fumble on that score, even in Commemorials. Not that it's different anywhere else. The mistake begins where we know how to be this or that—but mostly in terms of what to avoid.
Also in most places you must conform to a
general idea of what everyone is supposed to be within the
national borders, and it is regarded as offensive to add a couple
of qualities people didn't know they had.
Defining an identity is not a piece of cake. Because identity transcends emotion. You have to be precise, or you might paint your personal hero with features all heroes tend to share.
Take Mateship, one of the Australian fundamentals. You may be excused for thinking that mateship originated in Australia... By the same token, what appears to be a joke has a fine core. Indeed, a fellow may be friendly and a good mate, yet he may be un-Australian about it, if his sense of mateship were to prove variable, somewhat volatile or inconstant.
To make this a constructive observation we
should stress that a fundamental
Australian trait consists in weatherproof constancy of
As a rule of thumb when dealing with identities, look for what something is in itself, not by comparison with what it is not.
Another pivotal point in the Australian
psyche: The Digger.
Another psychological crime that has made a mess of every society is a tendency to turn ordinary human characteristics into specialised features, to be found in some places and not anywhere else—which is true to an extent, as in a cigar made in Havana or a night at The Moulin Rouge. If you are looking for an identity, however, you can't make it a theory that it is un-French to not know your way around a kitchen, un-Indian to be unfamiliar with Yoga and un-Chinese to be unable to perform Acupuncture...
Everyone has a sense of national
An identity is a psychological piece of
artwork, and language seals it all off.
We begin by imitating what is pleasurable and more likely to win.
But there are too many imperatives to choose from, so we must make a stand on what is valuable.
Real life shows that you can't bet with
the same values in all circumstances, so you have to prioritise
what works better for now from what is not essential
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