Aboriginal philosophy: lessons to be had

Aboriginal Philosophy:

In contemporary times, in the context of ongoing colonisation, we tend to measure other cultures against the lifestyles and values of the modern capitalist consumer societies. An alternative would be to measure the worth of societies and their philosophical bases by considering their longevity. A feature of many early civilisations is that they have sealed their own doom by an exploitation of the natural environment.{1} By contrast, Aboriginal civilisation has been notable for its survival over at least 80,000 years.

The key to this survival lies in Aboriginal philosophy, expressed in religious practice that has been paramount in peoples’ day-to-day lives, informing all their actions. For any human society: ” religion represents a symbolic view of people and their universe which regulates their actions, supports them in crisis, orders their lives, gives their actions meaning and validity – it represents their conception of the world” (Eckerman 1995)

Reading this article makes you think of how shallow and defective Western philosophy/mythology is in regards to meeting the demands and constraints of our society and environment. We do not have a philosophy of life that will see us last; we barely have a philosophy of life at all. It is a safe bet that our civilisation (modern capitalist consumer) won’t be around for as long as that of Australian Aborigines. Yet, us moderns still tend to look down on such civilisations with derision. Our values are very messed up.


4 Responses to “Aboriginal philosophy: lessons to be had”

  1. Pyotr Izutsu Says:

    Yes they are (our values; messed up). It will be very interesting to see how this all pans out, and by “this” I mean Western industrial/modern civilization and by “interesting” I mean in the sense of “May you live in interesting times.”

  2. flircik Says:

    There were grammatical errors even in his silence.

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