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There is a religious sect in India (I seem to remember) that also acts this way, harming nothing and taking care of young / orphaned animals in this way.
people too often get caught up in the myth of the 'noble savage' as though primitive living is somehow more virtuous or even desirable for most of us.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
"It highlights how far we have come from where we were. They are so close to nature. In fact, it is not even close - they are part of nature"
I hate to be the voice of reason. Ah, who am I kidding?
There's no reason to believe that breastfeeding squirrels, pets or not, has ever been a typical behavior for our primitive forebears (side note, TIL, that forebearer is actually non-standard) at all (though I did once see a YouTube video of a monkey and a frog.. oh never mind).
I'm all for things like preserving pristine wilderness, protecting the environment and everyone taking some time now again to get away from the stresses of modern life and appreciate the beauty of the natural world (or move into a cabin in the woods) but people too often get caught up in the myth of the 'noble savage' as though primitive living is somehow more virtuous or even desirable for most of us.
Anyway, it's not my intention to disparage anyone or spoil this otherwise quite pleasant thread, my point is simply that one can appreciate a different way of living without concluding that universally "better" (or worse).
Oh, and here's a link to the story in the OP. It seems they've (unfortunately?) taken a liking to at least some modern conveniences:
Mr Pugliese said he was worried about exposing the tribe to the modern day world - but they embraced at least one contemporary item.
“They love to have t-shirts,” he said.
“I don't know where they think the t-shirts come from - they can't imagine a factory.
“Maybe they think it is coming from the trees. After all, every day, they get their shopping from the jungles.”
originally posted by: rajas
originally posted by: InTheLight
With only 450 members I understand genetic inbreeding may be prevalent, which can be detrimental.
Ever had a discussion with a fellow human in a big city?