The Pattern of Australian Culture

The Pattern of Australian Culture

The Pattern of Australian Culture

The Pattern of Australian Culture

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The growth of an identifiable and characteristic culture in a new land is unpredictable; it follows no particular and established sequence or timetable and is governed by no known, immutable laws.

In one country art may flourish while literature languishes; in another, theatre and music may burgeon while science and philosophy remain in the fetal stage; in yet another religion may permeate -- even motivate and direct -- all creative expression that comprises culture. The only essentials for the development of an indigenous culture would appear to be the passage of time, adequate leisure, and that social permissiveness which allows relatively uninhibited development of an individual's yearning to be creatively expressive. Cultural maturation is most swift where, in addition, there is widespread and official encouragement; where the public is literate, is interested in painting and sculpture and architecture, is interested in entertaining new ideas, is inclined to discuss, is neither censorious nor self-satisfied -- where, in sum, there is a congenial atmosphere.

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