David Cole demonstrates the Jewish cultural penchant for over-intellectualizing things by somehow or other connecting the recent homicidal reception of a would-be missionary by the primitive Sentinelese with the calculated exploitation of Jewish victims in the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings. Still, it’s an amusing read.
By now youâ€™ve probably heard the knee-slapper about the millennial missionary who sneaked onto a forbidden island inhabited by the earthâ€™s last uncontacted, pre-neolithic tribe of humans in order to convert them to Christianity. To John Chau, proselytizing was an extreme sport, something to be done while wearing expensive North Face gear and live-blogging with your GoPro for your monetized YouTube channel (â€œDonâ€™t forget to hit â€˜subscribeâ€™ after you accept Jesus as your lord and savior!â€).
Sadly, Mr. Chau was slaughtered by the xenophobic, bare-assed, red-tribal-paint-covered savages he came to convert. Major fail video, dude.
Todayâ€™s live-blog of the conversion of the Sentinelese troglodytes has been canceled on account of an arrow in the face. Please follow John Chauâ€™s funeral on Instagram.
Iâ€™ve long questioned the ethics of keeping primitive tribes cordoned off and isolated. Yes, I get it, weâ€™re making up for past excesses, when civilized Westerners forced developmentally arrested protohumans out of their trees and into fine suits and stuffy, soul-killing schools and churches. But people love replacing one extreme with another. So now we fence the poor bastards off, forever preventing the â€œmixingâ€ and â€œdiversityâ€ that are supposedly the essential elements of any great society.
I wonder about that Sentinelese tribe. Could they ever actually â€œassimilateâ€ even if they had to? I mean, in the earliest days of human existence we were all that primitive, and it took many, many millennia for us to reach the evolutionary high point where we could wear skinny jeans, master the vape stick, and appreciate Hall and Oates ironically. Have the Sentinelese remained primitive for too long? Are they permanently stunted? And to what extent can any genetically related group of humans become so locked into a way of thinking, and a way of living, passed down from one generation to another, that traits that are not per se immutable become immutable?