Skip to comments.Aussie values are crikey clear
Posted on 09/24/2006 9:42:48 PM PDT by naturalman1975
WATCHING through teary eyes the extraordinary tribute to Steve Irwin was one of those rare occasions, like the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics, when what it is that makes Australians unique becomes so clear. By now the knockers, the whingers, the Lefties and the chardonnay socialists, with intellectual tickets on themselves, will have sneered and derided the event and the man.
But, it was about Australian values and how we express them.
Leaving aside attempts by the politically correct and minority groups to hijack and mould Australian values to their causes, what do Australians themselves believe in?
What do they hope for and aspire to? Who do they identify with?
According to AustraliaSCAN, which monitors cultural change, the values that more than 80 per cent of us support are clear. They may, or may not be unique to Australia, but the way we express them is uniquely Australian.
What are these values?
Decency: the belief that respect and politeness towards other people is essential to making our society.
This is not the prissy British "tea and doilies" politeness. Nor is it the contrived "have a nice day" American one. It is our own "fair go", "good onya mate", "we've all got to rub along together" kind of decency.
These words actually mean something. They mean helping out when it's needed. Think of the CFA and the SES.
It's looking out for those "in strife". That's one part of what we call "mateship". The highest praise we can give anyone is that they're "a good bloke" or even "a great sheila". We don't need to cringe from these words.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Good on you Australia.
that's one place I'd love to visit some day...
I'll put up an FR Links Roundup thread a little later today, when more are browsing.
It seems a lot of FReepers hadn't really followed the whole story, judging by some of the responses and questions posted on the Memorial live thread, so I hope more can cruise the links to our many threads about Steve Irwin to get a better handle on how much he was loved the world over.
Most of you know that there will be a TV special in the U.S. on Wednesday night featuring Terri & Bindi Irwin and John Stainton in interviews with Barbara Walters.
While the promos have been all over ABC-TV, I can't find anything definitive online to tell us the exact program times in all our time zones, other than Central and Eastern. I don't know Mountain and Pacific.
Wow. An essay on politeness that manages to insult 2/3 of the Anglosphere. Quite a mis-step.
Thanks for the ping!
God bless Australia and the Australian people!
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