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Jan 28, 2001, 20:08
Have you ever wondered how little we value individuals when they are, say, from Pakistan? It seems like lives lost in an earthquake there ain't as valuable as, say, San Francisco. After watching a beeb prog about a stone age tribe I saw my own inadequacies as a Western dude. Nothing new there, but I could actually hear the people speak in their own south east asian tongue with no patronising voiceovers (only subtitles), listen to really interesting conversations, share their fears as the hairbrushed clean christians arrived in the forest with their new stories of hell which frightened and their silly songs which bored them to death or as the archdrude farted in the cave so loud that it shocked the happiest of children's faces. By understanding this family's soul I could value myself and realise how modern Western people have nothing interesting to say any longer, immersed in an abstract world, smug and self-complacent, yet spiritually fucked-up to the extreme. The children in the film smiled like I’ve never seen a child smile before, huge wide grins as they jumped around, and it was only them and the forest.

It's like those Castaways constantly pretending to be friendly and... interesting personalities. Free your mind and your ass will follow, clones!

"If we prove something to our own satisfaction, we can release our energies for finding out about the subject: proving it to others takes second place (Philip Heselton)"

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