Christian Long

Wade Davis: The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual

In TED Talks on May 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

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Wade Davis:  The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual

There are so many cultures in the world that I will never be able to comprehend all of their morals,beliefs,languages,and traditions. Those cultures that I don’t understand shouldn’t pester me but they should feel that I am pestering them for not taking the initiative to understand their morals,beliefs,languages,and traditions. But in a way they aren’t all that different from me in what I seek and wonder and struggle to understand about the world.

I Think one of the messages Wade Davis was conveying during his TED talk was that all humans had more in common then we think we do. We all ask ourselves the question “How and why are we here?”. We all struggle with the concept of death and what proceeds after that. All cultures raise children and teach them what they think they understand about the world. Since all cultures master different ways of thinking in the areas of technology,communication,religion/morality,social,traditions,and love. So we shouldn’t have the need for us to judge which one’s cultures makes the most sense.

So if we are all on the same standing of each other then why do we enslave or punish other cultures for being different from us? We are all unique manifestations of what our creator had envisioned us to be. Why should I care if they are doing something that I don’t agree with. What I should care about is why their culture approves of there customs. There is war between cultures because of the question “How and why are we here?”. If we all struggle to solve that mystery why can’t we all work together to contemplate the answer to that question rather than fight over who thinks they have the right answer to that question?

Although not all us will have the opportunity to go on an adventure into the Polynesian islands like Wade Davis did… But we all should find peace within each others perception of reality. No matter how different we all are we are still the same.


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