Sunday Matinee: The Men of the Fifth World

Hujambo Midgardians!

Resistance is Futile – Borg maxim

I think it was Kant who wrote about the futility of one trying to perceive that which exists without use of his or her perceptive apparatus. If it comes from a doyen of philosophy like Mr. Kant, then I definitely feel okay about my little spiel. Although he wasn’t specifically referring to cultural biases, it follows that we cannot evaluate any information presented outside the perceptual framework with which we understand the world.  Our impressions, both sensory and mental, are often colored by a lot more than we may initially concede – conditioning, fears, cultural norms, dietary prejudices, etc. Thus, when viewing these programs about indigenous cultures, it’s important not to apply our value judgments to create hierarchical comparisons when evaluating any custom.

I’ll leave you with this compadres.  Although the Borg are right and it’s impossible to remain untainted from the march of empire, there are certain precepts that only naiveté would prevent us from incorporating within the fabric of our own cultural narrative. Concepts like societal organization around mutual-aid and harmony with the ecosystems that sustain us are quite meritorious. Who knows, maybe the way to subvert the machine is to introduce the reality tunnels of these tribal cultures as sub-routines within the system? I’ll leave the spiritual considerations for an individual assessment. Enjoy!

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

5 Responses to Sunday Matinee: The Men of the Fifth World

  1. I hope to watch this tonight. Looks excellent.

  2. I participated in my first HJ Sunday Matinee yesterday :) Thank you for sharing this film. I have always loved Australian Aboriginal art so much, and I read somewhere that all children in their culture are taught to paint and draw as a method of expression, not just those children deemed “artists.” What a beautiful custom. It was also awesome to discover how a didj is made!

    I will admit that I found it odd that the documentary seemed to be focused on preserving the “old ways” but then they are filmed hunting turtles in a motorboat….that’s either the Idealist or the Contrarian in me talking…but either way I enjoyed the film very much :) Thanks for sharing it!

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      You’re very welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to share some thoughts.

      I totally see where you’re coming from as I had similar reactions. The fabric worn by the women and the blue jeans also didn’t strike me as very traditional lol. But I also feel that it’s a seemingly insurmountable task to remain unaffected by the march of progress. Traditions not forcefully imposed at schools where the children were taken and “retrained” would have been assimilated with the passing of the centuries. And technology does have some perks when responsibly applied.
      But that being said, I feel it’s mandatory for govt’s around the world to support these indigenous peoples in the attempts to preserve heritage and traditions. I also think that people like yourself, who find merit in the art, play an important role in the process.

      Thanks for stopping by Amanda. Please feel free to lemme know what you think about anything.

      • Ha! I also thought about commenting on the western wear, and for some reason refrained, so I am glad you threw it out there! :)

        I appreciate the pragmatic points you made in your follow-up comment, and I sincerely thank you for making me feel welcome here. Much respect, compadre! :)

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