Letter to the Editor - Well-meaning people, insufficiently informed and lacking in wisdom, can do enormous harm to a nation

To The Australian        Denzil Bourne is right to warn (3/6) that "any attempt to enshrine in the Constitution a separate entity based on race is doomed to failure." But will people of influence in Australia follow his lead by publicly admitting that the whole campaign to achieve "indigenous constitutional recognition" has been fatally flawed from the start? A huge emotional attachment to the cause has been allowed to build up in recent decades; and admitting error will be very painful. Oscar Levy, a Jewish admirer of Friedrich Nietzsche, published a book a century ago or so entitled The Idiocy of Idealism. That's just it. Well-meaning people, insufficiently informed and lacking in wisdom, can do enormous harm to a nation with the best of intentions. Fragmenting Australia to appease feelings of guilt for past sins is exactly that kind of folly.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

 

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