Thursday, May 12, 2016

Our Cousins Around the Globe


mike said...

Beautiful photographs and study of human diversity. Took me back to my younger days browsing National Geographic magazines. I suppose that National Geographic viewership was partly to blame for the cultural-racial-nationality divisions. The constant subtext that indigenous people were inferior due to their cultural differences, setting them apart from the "educated" and "civilized" Anglo. There were a number of anthropologists that did more harm than good, not only in portrayal of cultural diversity, but also with their interference among these groups...much the same with religious outreach-missionaries. There have been way too many ethnic cleansings based on superiority, such as Native American and Aboriginal.

It's difficult to perceive that we all share common ancestral lineage with Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosomal Adam. There has always been a focus on differences rather than similarities among us humans.

Off- Your fantasy man, Sam Elliott, is guest starring in "Grace & Frankie". Though I said I wasn't going beyond S2:E2, I've wandered forward. I'm up to S2:E10, and Sam is in most of them as Grace's lost love, rekindled.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Agreed - about too much interference by so-called "superior" races; and too many ethnic cleansings.

Looking through these superb photographs I was struck by how similar we actually all are though, rather than how different. Differences are in dress and custom - strip those things away and our faces are much the same, with allowances for shade of skin complexion, depending on which part of the globe we live.

WoW! Gotta watch Season 2 of G & F then! I wish Sam had been Lily Tomlin's character's lost love though - I liked her much better than Jane Fonda's character, who often annoyed me! :-)

R J Adams said...

It doesn't matter where in the world, or who lives there, ordinary folk just try to live out their lives as best they can. It's the power-mongers that cause all the trouble, be they white, black, or whatever.
They're very moving images.

On another topic I see you're becoming way too American, Twilight. What's all this 'G & F' then? I can't abide the US obsession with acronyms. I have to spend my life looking things up on Google!


Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ Yes, indeed!

Too American? Moi? Tsk! ;-)
G & F was purely my typographical laziness(TV series "Grace & Frankie" as mentioned by mike above).
I do agree, though, regarding oft used online acronyms - I'm forever looking for help with them via Google too. Had to look up one yesterday - BDI (big dick incoming) - which still didn't make much sense in its context - so maybe it has other meanings. :-/