For quite some time now, as I have consistently advocated and spoken-out for and of behalf of the maintenance of indigenous (Aboriginal) culture — at least its fundamental core values, beliefs, and ways of experiencing/living life — I have felt that this “Cause”, this fight I have lived is a losing battle — and that I am witnessing and experiencing acculturation* in its worst manifestation — the eradication and/or the ultimate elimination of the differences between Aboriginal (indigenous) culture/s and that of the mainstream.
In my attempts to understand the why & how so many are being so rapidly and readily converted to the dominant, mainstream culture and lifestyle, I have searched for the facts and information that could give me answers to why this was happening, and why so few seem to notice or even care.
“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ~ Sherlock Holmes in “A Scandal in Bohemia
The following quotations, are indicative of some of the reasons that are insidiously embedded within the collective — not by accident or as some-kind of natural process but by design and calculation — by, for, and from an elite few, spread throughout the world, who have been able to ensure that “their way of life” is the only way of life that is on offer.
“ … certain segments of the population must be programmed to be robotic drones, incapable or unwilling to think on their own. In this scenario, the “individual” is the enemy of the state. Individual thinking and choice are not conducive to “peace and progress” and not permitted. Only by being part of “The Team,” can the individual (follower) accomplish objectives or “outcomes.” Of course, these “objectives and outcomes” are directed by the bureaucracy. This phase of population training is currently being accomplished by the public school system with such programs as “outcomes based education,” and the introduction of New Ageism into the classroom. One has to remember that Adolf Hitler pioneered a similar tactic with his Hilterjugend and state-sponsored school system. To quote the Fuhrer, “When an opponent declares: ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say ‘your child belongs to me already. Who are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.’ ”
~ Roberts, Craig; The Medusa File; Consolidated Press International; Tulsa, OK; 1997; p 9
It is this sort of information, that more readily helps me to try to better understand what is the real motives for political manoeuvrings and policies, that continue to attack and belittle Aboriginal cultural values and lifestyle, by such recent strategies as economically penalising Aboriginal parents in remote communities if they “fail” to ensure their children’s attendance at school [referred to as welfare quarantining]. Also Read More Here and here
What is essential is that we create a seamless web of opportunities to develop one’s skills that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone — young and old, poor and rich, worker and full-time student.
~ A Human Resources Development Plan for the United States; National Center on Education and the Economy; 1992
So, given that Australia is seen by some (including yours truly) as the 51st State of the US of A, it is little wonder that are political and collective motives to “close the gap” is no more than a publicly supported ploy to eventually ensure the further if not total demise and deconstruction of cultural difference, with more and more Aboriginal people becoming ‘educated’ to the same values, goals, and aspirations of that of their fellow “dumb-downed” average citizen.
“Every despot throughout history realised that to gain control over their citizens they needed to control the textbooks. They don’t care what we “old folks” think as long as they can mold the minds of the young.” ~ Debbie O’Hara
“Assimilation in any other name still means cultural destruction” ~ DjA
*acculturation: the adoption of the behaviour patterns of the surrounding culture; “the socialisation of children to the norms of their culture”