Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
(Our civil and political problems continue no matter what we do, so let’s leave it alone for now and discuss a completely different subject with moral and ethical implications. Perhaps it will give us some insight into how and why things got to be the way they are now.)
I have often wondered how it can be that, while hundreds of government agencies and private industries can track my movement, constantly, to within 25 inches, there can still be tribes of indigenous peoples completely unaware of the modern world just 25 miles away from their primitive huts? It helps me understand the vastness of the world and, at the same time, the isolation of some places and the density of others. But I still marvel that mankind has not occupied every habitable location on Earth, especially places where people can live off the land even if their tools are rocks and they are essentially naked (a fact that keeps Junior High boys interested in the National Geographic).
For example, there is a prehistoric tribe living on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal. They are less than 25 miles from modern civilization in Wandoor on the island of Andaman. The Sentinelese Tribe is claimed to be completely free from contact by modern, civilized mankind (and yet they have steel machetes, axes, and hoes?). In addition, small aircraft “fly-overs” are a near-daily occurrence – can’t keep them “lookie-loos” from site-seeing. The “natives” have attacked and killed a number of “intruders” and have presented their most intimidating warrior-image whenever visitors have gotten close. The claim is they have been isolated on their island for 30,000 years…
Indigenous Peoples experts suggest there are more than 100 tribes around the world that are free of civilized corruption. The most accurate count says [there] are 77 uncontacted tribes in Brazil, alone. Scientists suggest that a minimum of 160 individuals are necessary to maintain at least ten generations of an isolated civilization. Using my High School Algebra, that makes at least 16,000 individuals who have yet to experience the Kardashians or a Taco Bell Gordita. I assume that there are roughly an equal number of men and women and probably NO homosexuals of any non-binary persuasion. I do wonder how it is that they remain isolated.
Evidently, throughout the world, there are a sufficient number of people, with significant enough influence, to keep those 16,000 in their prehistoric state. Their argument for avoidance is two-fold. The first
excuse reason is humanitarian in that contact with an isolated group will, no doubt, murder at least half of them with some dreaded children’s disease (against which we now have effective medicines -- this ain’t 1700). Their second reason is more of a Catch-22. If we contact them, they will lose their unique language and culture. That would be terrible because, in their estimation, we need to retain that uniqueness so WE can understand how our ancestors developed and survived. But then again… how do we learn their language and culture unless someone gets close enough to translate, or to understand the nuances of their social interaction? It is not likely that we can do that by flying over them in a Cessna 150.
Therefore, here is MY dilemma…
Should we help them enter the 21st Century, or are we obligated to leave them alone at 25,000 years before history?
I think you know my position.