Kombumerri Elder Mary Graham once wrote:
Western: what is the meaning of life? Aboriginal: what is it that wants to know?
All life has meaning, and all life has a perspective, the nuances of which cannot necessarily be known to human beings. Everyone’s view is confined by their place within the system; life does not exist in the abstract. To be a fully realised human being is therefore to exist in such a way so as to ensure that all life has the same opportunity for self-realisation.

Life does not exist in the abstract

from Kwaymullina's Aboriginal Nations, the
Australian nation-state
and Indigenous international
legal traditions

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