Wade Davis – The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual

Some quotes from the talk:

“All cultures through all time have constantly been engaged in a dance with new possibilities of life.”

“[The ethnosphere is] the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness.”

“Genocide, the physical extinction of a people, is universally condemned, but ethnocide, the destruction of people’s way of life, is not only not condemned, it’s universally celebrated as part of a development strategy.”

“We spend all of our lifetime trying to live to one hundred without losing our teeth. The Buddhist spends all their lifetime trying to understand the nature of existence. Our billboards celebrate naked children in underwear. Their billboards are mani walls – prayers to the well-being of all sentient creatures.” (from 5.20 – gets me everytime!)

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