Sunday, 13 February 2011

Free to Remain Ignorant

This little clip, despite the very intrusive and quite unnecessary music track added beneath its commentary, is really fascinating. It leaves so many questions unanswered. There is reference made to 'the fight to preserve [these people's] way of life', and the researcher talks about how, 'It's important for humanity for these people to exist,' and how 'they remind us it's possible to live a different way of life', as if they are not autonomous individuals but merely there to serve as an educational tool for us. The attitude of those in the aeroplane is the attitude of benevolent aliens rather than humans looking at fellow human beings. 'They're the last free people on earth,' the researcher tells us, and yet they're not going to be given the choice to change, should they want to. Having too much choice imposes its own burdens, but do we have the right to deny others choice?

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