This TED TALK discusses many matters that make us human in this world. Throughout the TED Talk, amazing, breathtaking pictures of Native Americans are shown to show how different groups maintain balance with their spiritual practice. It essentially makes the "world go around". Additionally, A national geographer went and provided a 1st person's perspective of the tendencies of the Native Americans. Traveling all the way to the Sierra Nevada region, he learned that the "Elder Brothers", a particular group of Native Americans relies on religious practices in order for their society to function. He then documents all of these findings in books, film and pictures that I viewed in the TED TALK. Essentially, certain religious practices are what keep people sane and helps them function in everyday life. Although everyone has a different way in which they function, whatever "way" that is , is what makes someone "human". Its just the understanding of others perspectives and other cultures that matters. In order for society to progress as a whole, we must acknowledge others methods of maintaining balance (such as Native Americans religious practices) while also embracing our own. Although as humans, this will be difficult and conflict will arise, as Wade Davis said "If human beings are the agents of cultural destruction, we can also and must be the facilitators of cultural survival." In turn promising cultural differences that will promote copious amounts of cultural recognition (the acknowledgement and learning of other cultures) for all of eternity. I completely agree with this claim in that differences are needed in order for society to recognize, learn and progress.
This video talks about the history of indigenous beliefs and their implications. He talks about paleolithic art and how society during that time is connected/relevant to our society today. He argues that all people possess the same intellectual capabilities and that they express it through their art and inventions. He specifically talks about a Polynesian society which is extremely in tune with nature. Also, he talks about how religion is able to impact a society and everything that they do, for example, with Buddhism in Nepal. In Nepal, where Buddhism is prevalent, the monks do not believe that man has gone to the moon. In Peru, the indigenous people believe the land is alive which impacts the way they interact with the land. The speaker belives that ancient systems of belief affect the ways which society lives their lives in all aspects: socially, geographically, architecturally, and more.
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses discuss and advocates in this TED Talk, regarding indigenous knowledge systems, the preservation of all cultures. He mentions that no culture is a “failed attempt at modern life” and in doing so, conveys that instead, each is a unique, creative expression that strives to answer life’s questions of why and how? Davis also considers various ancient and ongoing cultures such as Mayan, Inuit, etc. as much richer and complex than the cultures of our modern industrial age. In his talk about the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human, Davis displays photos of Native Americans and stories of the “Elder Brothers,” a group of Sierra Nevada Indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance. Davis informs the audience that fifty percent of the worlds six thousand cultures and languages are disappearing as they are no longer taught to children. With this, he shows that language isn't just a collection of vocabulary and grammatical rules. In fact, he states that "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind." A point which significantly captured my attention was Davis’ argument that humanity's greatest legacy is the "ethnosphere," the cultural counterpart to the biosphere, and "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness." Through this, Davis articulates the intellectual, emotional and moral reasons why it's in everyone's best interest to preserve the world's cultures. Ultimately, Davis’ journey around the world gives him first-hand knowledge to demonstrate to his audience that the indigenous systems which we believe separates societies and cultures, in fact, brings us together and makes us one because it makes us human.