Re: Saving the ethnosphere

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Date: Thu May 02 2002 - 06:11:42 BST

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    --- Philip Jonkers <> wrote:
    > Only if the natives are found to be ill-adapted to their new cultural
    > environments.
    > For instance, IIRC many `idians' became addicted to alcohol and
    > killed
    > eachother
    > off more with the new weapons (guns) they were handed from the white
    > settlers.
    > In that sense, yes it is quite terrible but other than that it's
    > mostly
    > sentiment
    > (no offense). If the natives on the other hand gained from the new
    > culture,
    > I don't
    > see any real reason why it is terrible.
    > Phil.
     Again, I don't think my explanation was clear enough. I have no
    problem with cultures changing or disappearing through time. I have a
    huge problem when there is a *massive* destruction of cultures. Let me
    use an analogy: if an occasional person in a society dies, some people
    are affected by it, but the society in general continues on without
    much effect being visible. If suddenly half of the persons living in
    that society die out, because of the work of a few other individuals in
    that society, then we have a problem, right? And the society is quite
    different afterwards, and probably less robust and capable.
    This is the problem I see happening right now.

    There are very few men - and they are exceptions - who are able to think and feel beyond the present moment.

    Carl von Clausewitz

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