This subject could (should) of course be developed in a much larger forum but the limited amount of commentary space necessities keeping it short and simple. The article is about "misappropriation of American Indian cultures and imagery by western society", and the "willful ignorance" of white Americans in doing so. Western society meaning white or Euro-Americans and "misappropriation" referring to how they manipulate A.I.'s for their own purposes. My point is that in order to understand why white Americans persist in doing this, we need to understand white Americans cultural indoctrination. Countries are like individuals, they evolve according to what they're taught and what they learn. Willful ignorance is a clear lack of maturity. Maturity means the ability to learn from the past and the ability to incorporate those lessons into the present, and to grow in awareness such as perhaps others know more about something than I/we do. Most white Americans has not yet reached this point, rather they still think they know everything. The U.S. never matured to the point of developing lasting concepts unique to itself - law, religion, philosophy, etc. because everything came from somewhere else. Older cultures like American Indians had sufficient time to develop significant mature characteristics, such as A.I. spirituality, that even some white Americans try to emulate today. Of course, no culture operates in a vacuum, but the U.S. has not yet developed its own significant mature cultural characteristics. Hot dogs, baseball, videogames, and Ipads don't count. Although since 1776, the U.S. has established itself as "the world power" due to military and economic "success", that does not = culturally maturity. Economic success can "buy" entire castles from Europe, etc. but the need to buy such things demonstrates immaturity, yet American persists in doing just such things. Particularly today, America's immaturity is even more evident. Although it claims a Judeo-Christian moral foundation, per capita it is characterized by more divorce, violence, abuse, personal debt, tax fraud, bankruptcies, more pollution, and an increasing prison population, in short, by any measure, America shows increasing neurosis in all areas. America has always relied upon constant acquisition of material things (borrowed, stolen, or manipulated from others) and the need to show them off. Today, that "success" is being revealed for the thin plastic layer it always was. One reason white Americans perpetuate the stereotyping of and appropriation of A.I. culture, is the white Americans have since 1776 been desperate to have a substantive cultural history, not based in the "old world", to truly claim as their own. But lacking anything close, they have tried to various degrees to reshape and mold A.I.s into their versions, with unfortunate results. Mature people/cultures - does not need to impose themselves on others. Since Euros first landed on these shores they looked for things to glorify themselves, no less than today's "Real Housewives of _______" they needed stuff to show off, they needed to impress others and flaunt themselves. Mature peoples and cultures don't NEED to show off, even when they have it, they just have it, it simply IS. don't try to change or control others - they recognize and respect that other people have to go through their own internal processes, in order to achieve their own maturity. Mature people offer their experience and wisdom, and know you can't "force" anything on anyone any more than one can force someone to like something. want others to mature, they don't try to confine others into some kind of box or stereotype. Mature people know that if others are allowed to mature, they will come to contribute to the collective wisdom. Knowledge is largely temporary, wisdom is the goal of mature people. On the other hand, immature people/cultures: - find it necessary to make fun of others, others' traditions, try to control others, try to bully others into thinking and into being like them; bad-mouth and put down those they can't control; and strive to cheapen the other to make themselves look better. Willful ignorance reveals something deeper, a fear of something, usually a fear of being confronted by the truth - objective facts about themselves. Looking objectively at these descriptions, which better describes white Americans and their attitudes and behaviors toward American Indians? Rationalization is also a sign of immaturity.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 00:25