Lessons For The Modern World From The Societies Of ‘Yesterday’ | Synopsis

Lessons For The Modern World From The Societies Of ‘Yesterday’

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In his book, The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond tells the story of a young schoolboy named Billy who was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school in Papau, New Guinea. The driver was alert, but simply couldn’t stop the car when Billy ran across the road. In an outcome that may surprise people in many parts of the world, the incident was peacefully resolved within days. Five days after the accident, Diamond explains, the employer and the friends of the killer sat down for a meal with the relatives of the dead boy. “They ate together. They cried together. They said how sad it was to lose the dead boy,” he tells NPR’s Neal Conan. “And they reached emotional reconciliation. “That’s unthinkable in California,” says Diamond, a geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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-0.396925 “We shouldn’t romanticize traditional societies,” Diamond says. …
0.127634 “We shouldn’t romanticize traditional societies,” Diamond says. “We shouldn’t condemn them as brutes and barbarians. But there are things that are wonderful, and there are things that are dreadful about them.”
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In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, geography professor Jared Diamond argues that traditional societies have much to teach the modern world about different ways to eat and stay fit, how to raise children and resolve conflicts.

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Lessons For The Modern World From The Societies Of ‘Yesterday’

Source Site: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/01/167742474/the-world-until-yesterday-lessons-for-the-modern-world?ft=1&f=1004

~ by vandal3di3go on February 8, 2013.

 
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