Wednesday, 14 December 2011

When Two Worlds Collide

I first saw this video back in London, when I was sitting at my desk and dreaming of my impending trip. I got sent plenty of videos at work, as everyone does, but this was one of the most moving things I had seen in a long time and I wanted to share it with you. Something about it makes me happy inside and epitomises what i think about people, travel and exploration (something that has been both backed up, and challenged on this trip so far...more to come on this in due course).

Inevitably naysayers will make comments about the white man ruining the innocence of the tribe; coming in and making irreversible changes etc. but I personally only see humanity in these scenes. Who are we to say that this tribe should remain as they are without ever knowing about the outside world, or indeed that we should go in and shake things up? Ultimately evolution and change, adventure and discovery are all part of life and the reason that civilisations have changed and evolved all over the world through time. This is no different, and no better or is purely discovery and the passage of time.

What this video says to me is that what really matters is that people are essentially kind, happy and good to one another. Instincts are predominantly for good, something that I am constantly reminded of as we travel through foreign lands experiencing overwhelming kindness from strangers, often much worse off than ourselves. This is something we should all remember in today's world. As long as we can respect each other's way of life, learn from and embrace our differences, then adaptation and change is no bad thing. We would not be where we are today without discovery and evolution. I love the stages of wariness, to fascination, to elation in this video. It truly made me feel good about mankind when I watched it. I hope you feel the same.

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