Aussie values

This posting is dedicated to Tash who told me “your blog sux!” She previously told me it rocked, so I assume she is referring to the fact that I don’t post enough. Please don’t leave, I promise I’ll change!

With the untimely and sad passing of two Australian icons, Steve Irwin and Peter Brock, are we also seeing the death of the Australian Way? We’re fixated on “Aussie values,” “mateship,” and “Our way of life” but what do these things mean?

New research shows that many Aussies are becoming disillusioned with the word “mateship” because they see it starved of its real meaning, having become a word used for political sway in whatever context is useful. This is sad, because mateship is what Australia is all about. Giving a lending hand to someone, no matter where they’re from and what circumstances they live in, having a respectful but irreverent sense of humour and not taking ourselves too seriously.
Studying mateship in Australian literature is how I came to realise what it was about to be Aussie, back in High School.

Last night’s Insight program on SBS TV was a fascinating view into what these values mean to different Aussies. Transcripts are available on the site.

This brilliant but controversial ad featuring Sam Kekovich encompasses it all - what it means to be both Australian and “Un-Australian!” One thing’s for sure, what we like to boast as Aussie values are just good common sense values that most people, of whatever religion, creed or class, hold true. They are human values. So let’s not get lost in the debate and lose sight of what Aussie values are all about: humanity.

“Glory not in love for your country, but in love for all mankind,” state the Baha’i Writings.

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