So, what is a Culture’s Belief System? – In our Indigenous perspective research, our team have discovered that a Culture’s Instinctive Belief System is what drives every person’s perspective and processes and its purpose is to create an Instinctive Belief System to ensure each member of the group stays loyal. This is done unconsciously. Any culture in the world is only unique because of its inherited Belief System. The knowledge, teachings and skills (what evolves) of a culture are also, of course, strongly influenced by geographical environments they live in. A Culture’s Belief System is not a religion.
Belief systems are the stories we are told to define our personal sense of Reality. Every human being is handed down a belief system that they utilise, and it is through this mechanism that we individually, “make sense” of the world around us.
Unlike many animal species, humans do not face a daily individual battle against the natural environment. Instead, we have collectively constructed an enormously intricate social environment requiring complex coordination of behaviour between individuals, within organisations, and throughout entire societies. The coordination of behaviour between individuals and institutions is governed by astonishingly rich patterns. At CultuRecode, we believe such patterns for coordination are a person’s Instinctive Belief System and include: norms, customs, and conventions governing the interpretation of language, gesture, and facial expressions; ‘scripts’ for any number of standardised interactions (e.g., saying hello – do you shake hands, hug or kiss, even how many kisses), even in language understanding, (Aboriginal English describes Deadly as something great, whilst in Australian English it is dangerous).
What is the nature of these unwritten rules, these inner Belief Systems that coordinate human behaviour? What is their origin? How are they learned?
At CultuRecode, we propose that Cultures’ Belief Systems are framed on 4 key elements stemming from the four Core needs of humans on Earth. These elements are handed down over hundreds of generations to entrench a set of Core Responsibilities and Values for a group of humans to live by and aspire to (their instinctive belief system). It is the default system people unconsciously revert to whenever they are asked for an opinion, decision or judgement.
What are the Dimensions of a belief system?
In our research of Ancient Tribal Systems of Aboriginal Australians by – we have developed a Belief System model regarding the five key dimensions necessary for a Culture to be sustainable and strong in ancient times and today. Our theory also reveals why these Key dimensions were established in the first place at the very beginning of all societies;
These dimensions are;
- The Five Dimensional Needs of humans on Earth. Sacred – Sustainable –Social, Survival and Spiritual – the source of all humans needs.
- Sacred Knowledge Areas that sustain the Five Dimensional Needs and are protected by members of the Belief System. These are special areas of a culture that must be assigned and handed down and kept within the group only. We have called this DhuriNya
- Core Values for each member of the group to aspire to, hand down and live by every day. Each Sacred Knowledge area must have a set of attached instincts which are the foundation of behaviour and communication rules to establish group loyalty, harmony and sustainability (how we feel safe, judge others, behave in public, perceive success and happiness etc.) We compared the Ancient Indigenous Core Values with those of Colonial Australia and found incredible perspective and process difference which finally explains the frustrations felt when these two cultures meet or collaborate.
- The processes and perspectives that have emerged because of your Instinctive Belief System. This is our outlook, how we judge all things and our right and wrong triggers.
- Philosophy teachings of your Culture’s Belief System that can be learnt, shared and utilised by all people not just those within your culture.
According to researchers, the primary cultural difference between a philosophy based on say Christianity values (Colonial Australia for example) and Indigenous, is the concept of independence versus interdependence. While Colonial Australia society embraces independence, and emphasises self-expression, personal uniqueness, and self-sufficiency, Indigenous emphasises interdependence, where your connection is in your community, non-competitiveness and personal humility
Individual Mindset compared to Collective Mindset
Accessing many important global core value studies over the years it became clear that there were two clear groups emerging that held similar belief systems. We grouped these groups into Collective Mindset and Individual Mindset societies. Indigenous group were assigned to the Collective Mindset Belief system society and Anglo Saxon Australians to the Individual Belief System society. Can I also say that when we found that about 80 other cultures also sat in the Collective Mindset with similar belief systems to the Ancient Indigenous people of Australia – safe to say our minds were blown. When you think of all the oral cultures of the world – it starts to make a bit more sense.
How do we rebuild a culture?
This is the premise The CultuRecode team hold – The Indigenous people in partnership with Australians, produce, design and deliver nationally, a written document of Ancient Indigenous Belief System culture (The philosophies) or Ancient Indigenous knowledge, skills and culture are doomed to disappear even more then now. Perhaps completely. This Belief System document should be modified to fit into today’s diverse society, and needs to adjust to the loss of land as the basis for our rituals and ceremonies and allow for the fact that we are a minority culture within diverse societies etc. It cannot be done in isolation of the modern Australian evolving culture. In fact, we believe it could be the driver in establishing an overarching outcome based aspirational document for all Australians to identify with.
It can be done – it is a big undertaking worth doing and critical to Ancient Australian knowledge survival, revival and regeneration. I believe it should begin with educating parents about what they teach and hand down to the new generations of future Australians and be utilised to help Australia meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
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