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Tisho Yanchev

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Why do we allow primitive tribes to still exist ?

I think this is extremely uncivilized and inhumaneness that we still allow primitive tribes to exist in in the 21 century. Do we not help them under the pretext that '' they are happy that way'' ? But this would be the same as saying lets give candies to a baby and allow him to eat sugar as much as he likes because he is happy that way ? Or, lets allow babies to run around naked in the cold because he is happy that way ? Of course he is feeling happy, a uneducated baby doesn't care about illness and stuff like that. It is our responsibility to protect and educate our children right ? I see the same thing with the tribes. We should bring them to our cities and educate them, and if after that they still want to go back to the jungle and hunt fish, then it would be their freedom or choice. But i guarantee you they would not go back to the jungle, as they will be educated. It is our obligation as humans to bring them our of the primitive environment they are living in, and educate them, help them learn and become civilized, and only then they would have more tools of making decisions. I can't believe we are allowing primitive tribes to still exists.. This is like giving a birth a child and then leave it in the jungle and watch him grow because he LOOKS happy. What the hell ? This extremely inhumaneness act and should rethink our actions immediately.

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    Mar 20 2012: Well for the record,

    most of the organic (a term used by Murray Bookchin) primitive societies are the most peaceful societies in the world. Their values are amazing. Their respect for the environment is usually second to none....before you think its a great thing to rid the world of primitive societies, you should think about many of the contributions they've made in the history of this world...without these societies, modernity would not exist how we know it....

    are there downsides to societies that are not modernized (by our standards)? of course but that is because modern societies are taking the resources from these "primitive societies"...

    I could go on all day about how valuable these societies are but here are a few things to consider (and I'm really hungry at the moment to type out more)
    • Mar 21 2012: How did you come to the conclusion that primitive tribes are the most peaceful societies in the world ?
      Also, how exactly and what contributions did they made in the history of the world ?
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        Mar 21 2012: For starters:

        Howard Zinn's "A history of the United States"

        Murray Bookchin's "Ecology of Freedom"

        Peter Kroptkins "Mutual Aid"
        • Mar 21 2012: Well, i don't have time nor the opportunity to search find get and read those books, but i would love to hear exactly how did anybody came to the conclusion that the primitive tribes are the most peaceful societies in the world, and how did they contribute to the history of the world.
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        Mar 22 2012: Well then if you don't then there is not much I can say to you because it seems you've already have your mind made up on what you think about such societies.

        these guys were experts in their respective fields so I could not express it any better than they can but for starters maybe you should go on Google or Wikipedia.

        there is one thing I can say: "they were the original affluent society" --Micheal Bell
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      Mar 25 2012: Orlando, Europe was made of tribes, violent and in war for centuries. Meddle east still have tribes on war. Same for Africa. The tribes in Brazil were cannibal and in constant war before the Europeans arrival. Today tribes in Brazil are most often in the Amazon, though some indian reserves still exist in the south. In the Amazon, tribes use alcohol and marijuana way before the Europeans, so, drugs are a native problem. Children born without good health are killed in the first day. Average life expectation is under 40. Children die from diarrhea and easy to cure infections. You may believe Howard Zinn, Murray Bookchin and Peter Kroptkin but the world that I know is quite different.
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        Mar 25 2012: Hi Pedro,

        Thanks for your response but I must make you aware of the fact that I am well aware of how many tribes practiced human sacrifce. I am well aware that some tribes practed slavery. I am well aware of the fact that many tribes were cannibles. I would be a mistake to persume that I am romanticsing these tribes that Iw as talking about in my book.

        Secondly some native american tribes were actually living quite well and for a long time. It was not until when the Europeans came that their lifespan began to decrease.

        Third, Zinn, Bookchin and Kroptkin are ver well respected in their fields so to state they they are lying about their works is quite flabbergasting.

        I never argued that these tribes were perfect. They can't be because they are humans just like the rest of us but the perception that you have of them is the justification that many people use to invade them.

        So not "all" tribes are bad. Some are good and quite capable of maximizing their overall well-being. Some aren't so lucky

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