For a long time the full dangers were not seen

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For a long time the full dangers were not seen, but fathers and sons and daughters went to work and  sometimes never came back. Or sometimes came back to visit and smoked and swaggered through  the kraals; and daughters flaunted a new and alien, terrifying sexuality. But even in them, old tribal  decencies were still rooted deep. But the decay of decency had begun. We were blind to the fact that we were destroying the tribal  culture. We were blind to the fact that one way of life cannot absorb another easily unless there are  great similarities between them. We were blind to the fact that we could not change great numbers of  native behavior patterns, and leave others unchanged and functioning. We were blind to the fact that  we had started in the native mind itself a great cultural conflict. Our blindness was largely selfish; it  suited us to change some behavior patterns, and to leave others unchanged. The truth that you cannot absorb what you wish and reject what you wish was not seen by all of us. It 
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 3550 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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