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Cultural Amnesia: Forgetting Our Historical Roots


In the exploration of the cultural amnesia pervading Western societies, particularly in the context of Australia, it is vital to recognise the complicated nature of this phenomenon. This societal amnesia doesn't merely manifest as a loss of historical facts but as a profound disconnection from the philosophical principles that have shaped our civilisations.


From a judicial perspective, societies underpin justice with a blend of fairness and the rule of law. The idea that justice is not only about the laws themselves but also about the fairness and impartiality with which they are applied speaks to the core of how societies operate. Yet, in forgetting our historical roots, we risk undermining the very foundations of justice, leading to a system where the rule of law is compromised and fairness and natural justice becomes a relic of the past.


In the economic realm, the ideas of market freedom, the role of government, and individual responsibility have been long debated. The Northern Territory, with its unique economic challenges and opportunities, serves as a microcosm for these debates. The loss of economic historical knowledge leads to repeated failures, as policies are implemented without the wisdom of past successes and failures. It's not just about the numbers and theories; it's about understanding the human impact of economic policies and the stories behind the statistics. The Northern Territory is a welfare state (territory), relying on the goodwill and guilt of other states to feed its constant dependency.


The psychological aspect is perhaps the most personal. The works of renowned psychologists have delved into the depths of human consciousness, exploring the archetypes, myths, and narratives that have guided societies for centuries. In the Northern Territory, where indigenous culture is rich and deeply spiritual, the disconnection from these historical roots can lead to a loss of identity and purpose. The narratives we tell ourselves about who we are and where we come from are crucial to our psychological well-being and societal cohesion.


From a security standpoint, the principles of protecting individuals and societies are deeply rooted in history. The strategies and philosophies developed over centuries are not just historical artefacts but living guides that inform contemporary practice. The Northern Territory, with its unique security challenges, requires a nuanced understanding of these principles. Ignoring the lessons of the past leads to a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to security, making societies more vulnerable to threats.


The implications of this cultural amnesia are vast and varied. In Australia, and particularly in the Northern Territory, one can observe the consequences in the form of weakened social cohesion, a lack of understanding and respect for the multitude of indigenous cultures, and a populace that is increasingly disconnected from the political, economic, and social realities of their environment. Real-world examples abound, from the struggles to reconcile with the historical injustices faced to the contemporary debates over land rights and cultural preservation.


The loss of cultural and historical knowledge has practical implications. In the realm of security, for instance, forgetting the lessons of the past means that societies are ill-prepared to deal with contemporary threats. The principles laid down by experts in the field are not just academic; they are essential tools for understanding and mitigating risks in an increasingly complex world. As trainers of security personnel, we must prepare and engage in the economic, historical, and psychological aspects of engagements or trade between individuals.


From the judiciary to economics, psychology, and security, the loss of connection to our historical and cultural roots undermines the very fabric of society. It's a silent crisis, one that doesn't manifest in dramatic events but in the slow erosion of understanding, identity, and cohesion. As a social commentator, it's my responsibility to highlight these issues, to bring them to the forefront of public discourse, and to advocate for a reconnection with our past, not for the sake of nostalgia but for the preservation and enhancement of our future.

From the author.


The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.


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