Beliefs – the constancy of change

Australian immigration policy, until the Whitlam Labor government of 1972-75, from the Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia, no. 58, 1972:

Australia’s immigration policy is directed towards the maintenance of a socially cohesive and homogeneous nation. It seeks to avoid the creation of permanent minority groups resistant to integration even through successive generations. The policy does not exclude persons of any ethnic origin; but id does exercise prudent caution in the matter of accepting large numbers of people with substantially different backgrounds, characteristics and customs who may resist general integration even in the long term.

We are almost 50 years on from the revision of this policy. I doubt anyone in the government is thinking of doing a review of the effects of the revision.

Amazing how beliefs can change so quickly and completely in such short spaces of time. I’m starting to think that this is a feature of European thinking, or possibly only north-western European thinking, but let’s say European for now: clear beliefs, strongly held, widely disseminated and jealous of competitors, reigning for anything from a few generations to a few hundred years, before suddenly yielding to different clear beliefs, equally strongly held, widely disseminated, etc etc, in an ever-continuing cycle of intellectual and social revolution. And each set of beliefs, while reigning, is taken to be the definitive Truth, for now and for eternity, not to be questioned or resisted.

It’s a strange way of approaching the world, and certainly irrational in the sense of rationality understood by this blog. But it seems, like the elites’ equal-opportunity enslaving and exploitation of anyone they can get their hands on, to be the European way.

About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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