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027_ Interview: ancient culture for future civilization

14 September, 2021 - 3 min read

027_ Interview: ancient culture for future civilization

There are many different ways to raise a sapien.

There are many different ways we can push our physical and mental limits of what is possible, knowable or achievable depending on how one was raised.

Many ancient and modern people are examples of this.

How many ancient horse people like the Mongols or Commanches could perform feats on a horse that seemingly defy what’s possible by anyone not raised among them.

Which is only to say, the culture that was expressed in that group of sapiens.

Most of us don’t have a connection to our ancient ancestors, or the culture they lived in.

If we did, and we were taught that while living among the world as we live it, what would we bring back and forth to both worlds?

The whole of our lifesphere is coming more and more together through events, commerce and technology.

Which is neither good nor bad. It brought me the opportunity to talk with my guests today and gain this perspective, but it also led us into some wacky times.

And wackier times to come.

So how can we contend with our world, while living within it?

Perhaps being able to move throughout two worlds, more ancient times where we needed to be connected intimately with our environment and rely on one another, learn from our elders, could help us navigate our current time and future to come.

Take for example, being able to take a canoe and navigate between islands in the open ocean. Doing it frequently and with guidance over so many times you learn paths in the water and how to use them in the same way we use streets and landmarks on the corner letting us know when to turn.

Knowing how to do that, you might just be better able to understand the effects of climate change, and have a novel perspective on how to start contending with that reality.

Listen to Alson in this episode talk about how teaching ancient skills helps root people in today’s world. Even if they’re starting down a bad path.

How building a connection to their ancestors, helps them get better connected with themselves. What they’re capable of, and a sense of community they can always come back to.

Something I wish we thought of more when we see someone skirting a dark road. That many things, from addiction to crime, are often a result of a lack of connection.

Thank you very much to Rhea and Alson for taking the time to talk and share more of their culture with me, and anyone who’s listening.

I do encourage those hearing this episode to learn more about the Marshallese, the nuclear testing, the legacy and what wonderful people and culture they have.

They’re coming up this year to negotiate with the US government for the testing and fallout from it, and any pressure we collectively bring to bring more justice, can go a long way.

Alright, with that, it’s our quick intro on how to find us, some quick skipping music, and my talk with the head of the Marshall Islands Nuclear commission Rhea Moss-Christian, and her colleague and head of the Canoes of the Marshall islands, Alson Kelen.



This was an excerpt from the intro essay to _bandwidth: coast to coast

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