LEARNING FROM INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS


There is one aspect of life about which I think we could learn a lot from indigenous Australians.

It relates to an area for which indigenous Australians are sometimes criticised. That criticism is based on an observation (correct or otherwise) that indigenous Australians pay more attention to the past than they do to the present and future. They are sometimes accused of being insufficiently forward-looking.

My concern is juxtapositional to that assertion. I worry about the fact that the governments and decision-makers take insufficient stock of what has happened in the past when planning from the present toward the future. This means they fail to learn lessons or take account of past mistakes when shaping policy. There is tomorrow, today and nothing happened before yesterday. This means of mistakes and policy direction and formulation are often repeated.

Oh how I wish we took more cognisance of the past and thinking about and shaping future directions

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