The day of Real Australia
Today, Australia celebrated the vastly important Mabo Day.
At the end of the 17th century, Europeans reached the furthest continent yet, Australia. They found people there who were not like the Europeans, and therefore haughtily called them subhumans. Obsessed with their belief in progress and thinking themselves to be the carriers of a universal way of development, the white Europeans, mostly the Anglo-Saxons, seized the new lands of the continent, archipelagos, and islands of the Pacific Ocean, all the while comparing their population to fauna. Some of the natives were enslaved, while others were killed. The rest were sent to America or European zoos. The cynical perpetrators of this whined about the “White Man’s Burden.”
The land inhabited by the native nations of Australia and Polynesia was privatized by the colonizers without any conventions. Since the aboriginals had no Anglo-Saxons laws, their elegant and delicate views of the world, with its rivers, mountains, hills, deserts, coasts, and the boundaries and inhabitants of the holy Australian islands, visible and invisible, altogether far from European nationalism, were just ignored.
Such a peculiarity was beautifully portrayed by the German director, Werner Herzog, in his film “Where the Green Ants Dream.” If the invisible green ants which came in dreams or visions bore the rights to one or another of the aboriginals’ holy lands, then the Anglo-Saxons thought these beliefs to be the ravings of a madman. They cut up the land without remorse.
But Eddie Mabo from the Torres Strait Island called for justice. This patriot of Holy Australia came to stand at the head of the fight to make the Australian government recognize the right of the native inhabitants to the lands on which they had lived for seventy thousands years. At first, Eddie Mabo was laughed at and, of course, civilized people would not dare believe in any green ants. But Eddie Mabo and his friends did not give up, but continued to “attack” the courts and governmental institutions. Then, a miracle happened. On June 3rd, 1992, the Supreme Court determined that the native nations had owned the land according to traditional law before colonization and that these rights in fact still exist. Thus, justice and their dreams of the spiritual world were restored to the native inhabitants.
Australia is for Australians, both visible or invisible. This is what the brave patriot and aboriginal hermit Eddie Mabo from Torres Strait Island proved. Now, all of Australia celebrates Mabo Day on June 3rd. On Mabo’s native island, it is even a day off, but, in fact, aboriginal Australians don’t actually work. What they actually do is live real life. They experience prophetic dreams.
The world would be a richer place if we gave up our racist conceptions and our beliefs in linear time and the gradual evolution of humanity. There are as many types of cultures as there are nations among us. The Australian aboriginals have only dream time. Let them live as they have been living, as they want, and as they can on their native and holy lands.