2016-12-21 来源: 51Due教员组 类别: Essay范文
The Aborigines are one of the oldest, unaffected cultures that remain in our world today. Their historical culture and territory, in the past, was unaffected by the constantly evolving world. Until recently, their historic society has remained sacred, yet today they are undergoing a colossal fight. The Australian government and uranium mining industries are attempting to build new mine fields, bullying Aborigine tribes and their leaders into ultimately selling their land for future nuclear waste dump sites.
Their culture should be preserved due to the fact that many cultures have diminished, modified, and changed as our society and world has; they are truly one of a kind. They don’t let the outside influences of money and technologies affect their lives; they are content and proud of their ancestors and should be given the right to preserve their history, passing it down from generation to generation.
In June 2007 the Howard Coalition government used the Little Children are Sacred report into child abuse in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities to invade these communities under what it called the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)……. the Rudd Labor government has not only maintained the NTER, but also extended it. (para. 2)
Basically, when tribe leaders decided to stand unified and decline the substantial financial offers, the companies began to look for a loophole. They, nor the government, have no interest in the Aborigine children, they just needed another bargaining chip, so to speak. Macpherson (2010) clearly sides with the ancient culture rights, stating that “The real intention of the NTER is the theft of more Aboriginal land through the destruction of Aboriginal culture and links to land where it is strongest” (para. 2). The author’s evidence within the article clearly supports my point of view; the best interest of the Aboriginal culture is not being taken into consideration, the oil companies are the ones that will profit.
Behind the Socratic Method stood a man that craved knowledge, and opening other’s minds that individuals know much more than they are intellectually conscious of. By examining this issue on a deeper level will expose the catastrophic course of events that will severely impact the landowners and even change history. The leaders of this project think that they know everything there is to know, when in fact, they are only peering at the surface of the issue. Their reasoning is based off of personal bias, not taking into account the welfare of others.
The idea of literally taking something from another is morally and ethically wrong, especially considering the dire effects of such an act and the severe consequences that will come. The Aborigine people feel invaded, as well as threatened by a once trusted and respected government. “It is cynical for the uranium industry to act as ifit can deliver for Aboriginal people. The main lasting effect of uranium mining for Aboriginal people is radioactive waste on their country, and no resources to clean up the mess left by miners' (Aboriginal Land, 2010, para.20).
Everything that this waste dump will bring to their sacred land will inevitably destroy something that cannot be replaced, the well being of people and happiness of every tribe. By taking a look at the consequences, the government cannot morally defend their demands. Mitch, a Engawala tribe member, makes a very conclusive point, stating “'We stand strong in our own culture as Indigenous people, and want the land and water to be protected for all children, black and white. If this nuclear waste is so safe, why can't they keep it at the Lucas Heights nuclear plant in Sydney where it is produced and where the nuclear experts work?' (Wasley, & Springs, 2007, para.6).
One of the principal issues that the Australian government is overlooking is the religious boundaries that they are crossing; Mother Nature has already suffered the realm of human error and will continue to so, so long as the federal government is determined to destroy what God so graciously provided us with. From the Aboriginal point of view, “the land is a spirit entity — a parchment on which their history is indelibly engraved and where special living places — sacred sites, have acquired significance as reminders of their past” (Zimmerman, 2009, para.27).
The Aborigines’ religious beliefs are a core part of their culture; the tribe’s leaders are religious, having no political chief or official government. Dunlop (1997) stated that their religion is based on the belief that “the spirits of their ancestors remained at the watering place at the centre of the territory, awaiting reincarnation; connected to both the tribe's ancestors and the creators of the world, none of whom ever died but merged with the natural world and thus remained a part of the present” (para. 4). Having a religious intolerance for the Aborigine culture and numerous tribes is immoral and unethical; wanting to use their land to ignite another nuclear waste site proves that the federal government values what’s best for them, nuclear testing, than considering other’s beliefs.
BHP Billiton, an international mining monster, is about money and money alone; they are willing to make spur of the moment decisions just to sell their idea of why one should approve of uranium mining. BHP’s truths and realities are distorted due to the billions of dollars to be made. Even though a battle is still underway with between the tribes and the monstrous company, MacPherson (2010) stated “BHP still hopes to convince Canadian indigenous peoples of their bounty to them – promising jobs (mining) etc” (para.2).