5939Re: don't compare first and third world
- Jun 10, 2003
> Your point is self-sufficiency, so I would tend to agree, thoughYou mean, as we DO civilize them.
> there are many primitive cultures that are completely sustainable
> and self-sufficient. And yes, their numbers are decreasing every
> year as we attempt to 'civilize' them.
The noble savage is a myth and a delusion. North American autochtones
were brutish, nasty and completely uncivilized by any objective
standard. Australian aborigines killed and ate their own babies while
living their lives in a schizophrenic dreamworld. Indians raped their
own daughters; "If a girl is a virgin, then it's because she has no
father nor brothers." and this universally accepted fact was
publically used to justify the institutional rape that is
child-brides. And African mothers cut off the clits of their own
daughters even to the present day!
The primitive cultures are characterized by misogyny, slavery,
brutality, misery, squalor, and superstitious fear. The Western
cultures are automatically superior to the savages' since it takes a
certain degree of sanity to concern oneself with the real world,
investigate it, and develop the extensive technologies to control it
as we have done. Of course, it doesn't take that much sanity, as
should be obvious to any dispassionate observer of either the USA and
Japan. So even though being industrialized doesn't guarantee sanity
(the Victorians certainly weren't), being primitive all but
You may choose to order your life and beliefs according to the
anti-scientific precepts of cultural relativism, but most people do
not. And shoving your provincial delusions in their face isn't going
to win you any friends or allies. In fact, since people value social
justice far above ecological sustainability (because the former is an
immediate concern, while the latter isn't), your eco-freak stance
("sustainability" is the only thing worth consideration) alone is
enough to put other people off.
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