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Some Typos And Leaving The Massai Alone

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on February 27, 2001 18:55:15 UTC

I'm still considering the substance, but here are a few typos I noticed:

Paragraph 7: . . .In practice, we are more likely to add filigrees to our models than to seem them overturned.

"seem" should be "see"

Paragraph 7: And when confronted with an observation that stubbornly resist the reigning theory, . . .

"resist" should be "resists"

Paragraph 8: . . . any amount of time he Massai’s way of explaining . . .

"he" should be "the"

Some comments about substance:

> And yet, if their way of carving up the world
> didn’t provide levers powerful enough to move
> the earth, it certainly gives them the inner
> strength to weather invasion after invasion

If the modern world were still as colonial as that of a few centuries ago, I doubt that the Massai would have retained their independence. Their primitive weapons are ineffective against modern armaments of war. Weapon advancement is one of the benefits of science and technology, not philosophy or religion.

We leave the Massai alone partly because many of us have developed a desire to protect the way things have been instead of changing everything. If the Massai are found to live on desirable land, that could all change. It's only a matter of time before their culture vanishes like so many others before them, absorbed by the huge modern civilization that surrounds them and that has too much momentum to be slowed by a small group like the Massai.

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