Anthropology - Introduction to Culture

Anthropology - Introduction to Culture

As humans we are bound to have a biased opinion about not only ourselves, but our cultures. We always assume that if we are from a civilized culture we are superior than uncivilized third world countries. We then feel the need to alter their way of living instead of letting them live. The knowledge we gain, and our lavish ways of living does not make us superior, but rather unique. We fail to appreciate the knowledge we can gain from small- scale societies. Simplistic societies like the Rautes have much to offer us. They have become part of the society that prevails because of them. The lack of societies like this would cause the biodiversity and ecosystem in the areas that they live in to fail. The Rautes directly help farmers by eliminating monkeys that ruin their crops. Without the the Rautes society farmers would have to go in and eliminate the monkeys themselves. Not only do Rautes save farmers time, but they indirectly do their dirty work for them. They allow the farmers to provide food for children, women, and men.

Another benefit of small scale societies, is the peace of mind they pertain. The Rautes are content with themselves. They lack the struggle for power within one another. They have accepted their way of living and do their best to break through the social barriers that they are faced with. They not only have much to learn about the world, but have much to teach us. We can appreciate their cultural diversity, and help promote it. We do not want the twenty second century to turn into carbon copies of one another. Not only can we as a society learn and appreciate smaller societies, but we can use them to better learn about ourselves.

Maintaing a knowledge base of different kinds of individuals in society has become relatively simple with the advance of computers now. With the need to span our array of knowledge maintaining societies different than the ones we are accustomed to should be a priority. Not only should societies like these be documented in books, but we should visit their native lands to see how they live. We than can compare them to our lives, and not only be appreciate of the things we have, but appreciate of the skills societies like this posses. It is rather difficult to maintain a decent living in different forests. Remarkably, the Ratues do it successfully and help others along the way. We should all work together in making sure societies like these survive and succeed.