columbus remarkable law
he encountered a remarkable people –..‘so free w their possession that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. when you ask for something they have, they never say no. to the contrary, they offer to share w anyone‘.. they lived in communal buildings and enjoyed a remarkable degree of equality..a peaceful lot..
back up further to really understand how divide began..
1492 – columbus.. shoddy geo calculations landed him in cuba..which he insisted was india..
he encountered a remarkable people – a civilisation very unlike his own.. in his journals he reported that the people were ‘so free w their possession that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. when you ask for something they have, they never say no. to the contrary, they offer to share w anyone‘.. they lived in communal buildings and enjoyed a remarkable degree of equality, even between genders: women were free to leave their partners if they felt they were being mistreated.. the people were healthy and strong.. columbus described them as ‘well built, w good bodies and handsome features’ other observers marvelled at how far they could swim and noted that even pregnant women were agile and independent, gave birth w ease, and were up and about again shortly thereafter..
columbus noticed that in addition to being open and generous the people he encountered were a peaceful lot..
‘they do not bear arms, and do not know them.. when i showed them a sword they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance’.. columbus was eager to exploit this vulnerability .. jotting a rather ominous note in his journal: ‘w 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want’
during his 2nd expedition.. this time w 17 ships and 1200 men.. he traveled around the caribbean capturing thousands of indigenous americans to be sent back and sold in spain as slaves.. but this time his real objective was gold.. he had noticed indigenous people wearing gold ornaments and assumed that the metal must be abundant in the region.. he as having difficult time finding the source.. so he restored to coercive measures..
and then it gets ugly
we need to hear each voice.. everyday.. ie: tech as it could be..