Having been gone and generally out of contact the last few days, I was darting around for the latest tsunami news and came across this:
The number of the Onge, one of the most primitive tribes, has fallen in past decades to about 100. There are about 200 Sentinelese, probably one of the world’s only surviving palaeolithic people, who are generally hostile to outsiders.
"Our helicopter pilot who flew over the island told me that he has seen several groups of Sentinelese on the beach and that when he dropped food packets they threw stones at the helicopter."
Remember that the next time you see one of those pretentious, PBS-style documentaries that implies, or even sometimes overtly suggests that we of civilization have so much to learn from the "wisdom" of uncivilization.
I mean, it was just one year ago that a 6.6 earthquake killed 41,000 people in Iran, and not even in a major city like Tehran. In 1989, the much stronger 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake pounded a major metropolis, the San Francisco Bay Area. It killed 63 of The Bay Area’s 7 million inhabitants.
Yes, we have so much to learn from the primitive.