The Monstrous Dawn of Progress January 12, 2012
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
We all know progress is the idea that the world can become increasingly better in terms of science, technology, modernization, liberty, democracy and quality of life. These term looks forward to an ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race; ...view middle of the document...
Smoking only penetrated the culture of Maori when they forced to undergo European settlement. Environmental tobacco smoke (passive smoking), smoking marijuana, occupational exposures, diet, socioeconomic status, or level of deprivation are also likely to play a role in the pathogenesis of lung cancer in Maori. (Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association)
Another case reported, according to the article “The Price of Progress” is the aggravated case of vitamin A deficiency in Brazilians which caused permanent blindness. Many specialists speculate, the deficiency was worsen by a milk distribution program. However, who will be jailed by only giving milk to the people they think needs it? None; who would even believe that they would lose their sight only by drinking milk?
Health hazards are suffered by indigenous people because we try to inject our diet to their pre-existing diet which is very dangerous for them. We kill them slowly, not purposely but we do.
Another issue is about their lands, although the United Nations are trying their best to address the problems of human rights violations on indigenous people, it was still a growing problem for the natives. The modern people try to push them away from their lands to transform these “sacred” lands into mining grounds, leaving it deforested and polluted. What is worse is that the ecocide contributes to the genocide. As the land becomes polluted and ruined, the resources will soon die and the tribes that live around the land will run out of supplies making them famished. Some of they die in their lands others are pushed to the plains to become slaves and beggars....