GL285-01 Humans and Culture
November 12, 2008
What We Can Learn From Primitive Cultures
This class has definitely shaken my foundation to the core politically, socially and even
Through our discussions I have better understood who I am as a person
today and why, when and how I have gotten here culturally.
There are certainly things that I
have found to be interesting to learn, but better yet I feel if some of the principles of the primitive
cultures discussed were implemented into our own American culture our development would
ultimately be for the better.
From the equality of all people, to an easier means of living to even
healthier lifestyles, I feel like even though many people have negative preconceptions of
primitive cultures that when everything is placed into perspective our own American ways would
not turn out as being so great.
The first thing I would like to mention though, as obvious as it seems, is that everything
stated from here on is completely subjective based on how I was raised, and how I am actually
feeling at the time of writing this paper.
So I feel as if I should just straight-up say what my
views of what direction our culture/nation should go in, just to get it out in the open and so the
reader knows what I am building up towards.
It seems as if there is no way I could write this
paper and not include at least some form of ethnocentrism.
I like some of the ways we do things
as Americans, and some elements of the notion of progress that we believe in.
I guess what I am
getting at is that I feel like it would be very noble for someone to write this paper based around
the fact that we should completely convert to a foraging, reciprocity-based culture to solve all of
Although it would solve most of our health, crime, and division of wealth
problems, if it were even possible to do so I feel like there are some aspects of our American
culture that need to stay for the betterment of the world, as ethnocentric
as that sounds.
instance, being an engineer I feel like progression should in fact be made towards the betterment
of technology, health
and ease of living for all people.
As easy as the lives of the Arunta are
compared to our own, I feel like working longer days is a sacrifice we should make in order to
cure diseases, make energy sources more environmentally friendly, and so on. Although, I do
understand that these problems are resultant from the progress made by developed nations in the
Nevertheless, there are some things from the Arunta culture and many others that
would make my view of the “common good” easier to obtain, and would direct our culture into a
more harmonious future.
At this point in time there are some aspects of life that we cannot undo,
such as our energy dilemma.
There is no changing the fact that by progressing as we have that
we have caused a lot of hardships for ourselves and those around us.
Therefore I feel like in
order to preserve the stability of our culture’s physical, psychological and social needs we need