Nourishing Terrains - Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness
From these types of statements we must conclude that a holistic world view,
which situates life forms as part of living systems, will conceptualise loss in complex and non-absolute ways, and will place confidence in the earth’s capacity to recover from damage. If the regeneration of ecosystems is to involve Aboriginal people, as I believe it must, it will of necessity depend on sharing understandings in complex and non-absolute ways.
Everybody will benefit.
The concept of a living world depends on communication: it requires that one
listen as well as speak; it requires an attitude of attentiveness and a degree of
I would say that the concept of a truly living world requires a shift in
thinking for many settlers.