What a fantastic people and story, the Moken, but yet another nation whose numbers are in decline.
I think humanity has lost a great deal in it’s march towards “civilization” – as a species we have become weaker, more dependent, and lost the physical, mental, and emotional stamina and immune strengths we once we had.
A change in location such as a trip to Mexico or another foreign country and something as universally common as water becomes a issue causing intestinal discomfort and sometimes serious illness.
Our dependency on chemicals and synthetics has become for the vast majority full blown – have a cold, the flu, a stomach ache and run to the store to seek a chemically concocted relief.
Our bodies and immune system no longer responding naturally but by artificial inducement.
Antibiotics credited with saving untold numbers of lives are losing their efficacy due to over use, new varieties are being produced with a list of potential side effects as long as your arm, among them the potential for suicidal thoughts.
People are satisfied with the momentary relief of addressing symptoms rather than the root cause, rather than prevention through a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Our visual and olfactory abilities have declined in a sort of use it or lose it proposition.
We are inundated with a cacophony of unnatural sounds , a steady stream of intrusive “background” noise that has become acceptable and the norm, and one can only wonder what else has been lost, what other senses are in decline and at what cost?
There was a time when people moved through their environment guided not just by a visual acuity but also scent, even an instinctive understanding of their surroundings.
They knew what grew around them, what was useful and what wasn’t, and I have no doubt operated with a level of instinctive understanding and behavior much the same as their counterparts who they shared the world with.
I believe for every illness known to man the cure or remedy exists in nature, a knowledge lost and often discredited.
Science “discovers” these natural remedies and immediately goes about synthesizing them with an eye to profit while commonly denouncing or qualifying them in their organic form.
I don’t deny there is a time to visit the doctor, every culture that has ever existed has had their own “doctors” who prescribed and treated – but it seems like wisdom to develop and nurture latent inherent abilities and immunities as much as a person can.
I think it would be a great thing to have the visual ability of dolphins – people have told me often enough about what good eyes I have, my ability to see things and my sense of direction and asked if that is hereditary, if it’s “ndn”?
I don’t get lost anywhere, not a boast, just a statement of fact.
Maybe it is as the time distance between the nations reliance on such things as our senses is shorter than that of others.
But somewhere in the mix I feel the “good eyes” are in part about being observant, noting what others may gloss over or take for granted – I consider that to be a remnant of a hereditary survival skill and I do what I can to cultivate it.
Humanity is being drowned in artificial stimuli, artificial food, artificial everything, and surrendered so much of their natural abilities and surroundings, little wonder it so often flounders.
Civilization seems unsettled by anomalies, the Moken, uncontested tribes, and various minorities are seen as anomalous.
There’s a misguided belief and attempt that such anomalies need to be exposed to and receive the “benefits” of the modern world that ignores the cultural impact it will have.
Some societal obligation exists to assimilate them into the melting pot – this of course seldom works out well, but the effort to “nation build” goes forward often destroying a nation that has existed and functioned quite well for centuries.
That’s basically what happened with the indigenous nations of this country and hemisphere.
We had to be civilized – that led to genocide and a devastating impact on culture on traditions, not to mention the gulags.
Change is a vehicle perpetuated by change that scoops up everything in it’s path – it feeds upon itself and the race is on for new and improved, with new and improved being touted as convenient and time saving.
With all the convenience and time saving you’d think the would world have the ability to operate at a more leisurely pace – yet that is far from the case as people multi task and complain about there aren’t enough hours in the day.
Convenience seems to imply simplified, yet the world we live is becoming geometrically more complicated with each passing day, and like it or not people are being assimilated into this complexity.
Stress is at an all time high, people are stressed, the environment is stressed – the problems the world faces are man made, not naturally occurring, the toll extracted by “civilization”.
Be well and live as though you mean it – live with an awareness of self, but even more with an awareness of and concern for community.
A shout out to bearspawprint for the link.