Are Australians that crazy? Seems plenty of people think so. But I’d say Aussies definitely see things differently (though maybe it's just the beer).
While few are real life crocodile hunters, there is a certain larrikin attitude that permeates both country and city, symbolizing the Aussie way. Mixed in is a willingness to take risks and put your best foot forward (called: “giving it a go”), even if the odds be against you.
On top of that, some people reckon the reason Australians are also so light-hearted and cheeky about authority is due to their short history. To which I scratch my head and ask, “So what makes them think the Australian Aborigines (who happen to be the oldest civilizations on Earth) are blow ins?”
Reckon it’s just a bit of racist rubbish, pushed through only teaching white skin history. Take the blinkers off and the Aussie history looks remarkably different.
It seems to me the fresh icing on this deeper society has picked up some of the lightheartedness and cheeky irreverence from the existing citizens. Sure, Cockney convicts and Irish immigrants threw their own traditions into the ring. But there’s something unique about Aussies that doesn’t quite fit European thinking.
Like the way Australians tease people in authority. Think of Queen Lizzy, and her grandson Billy and his wife Cat. Or, Angie in Berlin... and well… you know what I mean.
Some wordy fiends developed a term for this cute shortening of names, calling it “hypocorism”. Naturally that couldn’t possibly have been coined by a bunch of Australians. It's too hard to say for a start.
Then there's that shortening of names and making them cute. What is that about?Take Australian places like:
Dandenong – Dandy
Holmesglen - Holmsie
Mordialloc – Mordy
Wangaratta – Wang
Broadmeadows – Broady
Brisbane – Brizzy
Adelaide – Adders
… and so on. It's weird. But kind of friendly.
So it's no shock that they call their bosses by their first name, avoid saying “sir” to anyway, and distrust all strangers missing a sense of humor.
Aussies expect to have a laugh at work at least sometimes (otherwise they’ll be looking to find someplace else where the company is better), and beneath their friendly exterior they're slightly uneasy about authority.
On the one hand, crazy Australians respect their leaders. But as soon as authorities lord it over others or act even vaguely pretentious, the show is over. Nobody likes people like that. Not in Australia.
Yep, crazy Australians like the idea of treating everyone fairly. In taxis they sit up the front next to the driver (because it feels too pompous sitting in the back).
While, Aussies generally talk to people of all walks, whether they're the cleaner or a company director. Doesn’t matter. What does, is whether people are any good or not.
If Australians have a major failing (and every culture has some), it’s that they let things slip. Aussies won’t pull all stops out to make anything happen, (unless it’s a barbecue or some other celebration). Not that they're lazy. Just that they don’t get overly focused on much more than drinking and sport (pretend you love both if you go).
Still, there’s space for everyone in Australia, crazy or sane. So it’s mostly okay to have a say that’s out of step and make your own choices. Just be sure to avoid calling a prawn a 'shrimp'. Otherwise they'll think you're a jerk.
You can always spot an Aussie. They’re the ones telling jokes, holding a beer, wearing a silly hat, and entertaining a crowd. Even if they've just come through the door.
But perhaps their best strength is they don't mind being laughed at. If anything, they'll laugh too.
Because Aussies don’t want to get a reputation for being 'up themselves', which means taking yourself too seriously is a major no no.
So crazy? Maybe. But not in a bad way. From my experience, they're worth paying a visit. And, who knows? You might even like them.