The Australian collision between the two major cultural currents was tumultuous and continues to be so, with Sovereignty demanding Indigenous compliance, just as the natural environment makes its own demands upon Sovereignty. As these complex dynamics coalesce, so too does that unique quality of nationhood, which differentiates from the rest of the world, Australia. After all, who we are and how we distinguish ourselves amongst a world of nations, is expressed most fundamentally by our relationship with our natural environments and all their wild and wonderful inhabitants. Such a concept holds true to members of the oldest surviving human cultures in the world and also to the broad polity of the Australian nation-state.
Within a human biological framework, the character of Indigenous culture was forged by the requirements of successful environmental fit and sculptured into distinction by the dictates of time. The contrasting character of the colonising culture subserves its originating Sovereign by consolidating the assertion that might has right, within a worldly respectability of enduring democracy.
“Such cultural distinctions produce contentions as variably stark as light and dark, good and bad, right and wrong.”
“Virtues of truth, justice and morality often reciprocate; what is primitive and spiritually incomprehensible to one, is incomprehensible and spiritually primitive to the other.”
“The very meaning of concepts and words misalign. Possessory entitlement is as interpretively contentious as Australiana.”