In the last years scientist start to rewrite the evolution theory and there are even some who think that there is no such thing as evolution, but that we devolve. The two principles of evolution and devolution exist together. And devolution does not necessary mean that we do not develop. The principle of evolution is the base of the western culture – starting from primitive creatures we evolve towards God. That’s why we pray in order to speak with God and develop. In the eastern culture the most important is the notion of devolution – starting with a knowledge given directly from God, they make it useful for and adapt it to their everyday life. That’s why they meditate in order to let God speak with them, so they can develop.
But no matter if we are from the eastern or the western culture, we think that we are modern people with developed culture. And we thread some tribes as primitive and underdeveloped. At the Youth Future Project Conference there was a lecture from Survival International and they showed us a comparison between our modern culture and the cultures of the „primitive“ tribal people. Here the differences and the similarities:
1. What they/we own? They: only necessities and everyone owns the same. We: own a lot and everyone owns different stuff, but there are poor and rich. The rich are most rich because of the cheap labour of the poor. So, we own staff we do not necessary need and destroy the world and make wars in order to get it. And our distribution is worse.
2. What they/we do? They: hunting, collecting, growing food. We: working or staying unemployed, because we have sometimes no job. We do specialised jobs, some of them actually not needed at all, but we need them in order to get what we want to own.
3. How children are being educated? They: playing, copying adults. We: the same, but we often don’t let our children play and there are big differences in the education of rich and poor children. So, we separate our community again.
4. How sophisticated is the language? Our: We have a lot of words, but they stay only in the dictionaries and most of them are some specialized ones we never use in our everyday language. We use actually quite a few words. Their: very sophisticated. They can have 100 words for sun, snow, leaves or rain. We can better try to preserve the variety of our everyday language.
5. What they/we eat? They: rich variety. We: less variety. We have bad food habits and many civilisation diseases. They don’t have for example caries and appendicitis. We can really learn a lot from them.
6. How healthy are they/we? They are healthy if the babies survive, but they live not so long. We live really long and almost more babies survive, but we are very ill. There is a big gap between the rich and the poor people in our society.
7. How about their/our sense of belonging? They: a strong one, everyone is part of the community. We: separate our communities.
8. What preoccupies society? They: correcting imbalances. We: economical growth.
As you can see we can learn quite a lot from them. There is one more significant difference. They think that their life is better, but they don’t want to change our. We think also that our life is better, but we want to change their and we even kill them and destroy their communities. They seem to be much more tolerant. So, my question is: Who is primitive?
So, let them live and use the chance to learn more from them. If we learn more about them and their knowledge we can not only improve, but also understand ourselves better.