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Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa
« on: September 15, 2012, 01:04:54 PM »
Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa



Jacksonville native Elizabeth Gilbert spent 20 years in Africa documenting the rich cultural practices of tribes through out the contient. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has created a special exhibit of her highly acclaimed photographic work.  

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Re: Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2012, 01:32:18 PM »
Gorgeous pictures. What a fascinating culture and history.
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Re: Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2012, 01:51:30 PM »
And a courageous woman.  Great work.

I know change is inevitable.  Does anyone wonder if these cultures are better or worse off as the change comes?

I certainly don't think they get any "happier".

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Re: Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2012, 09:27:21 PM »
And a courageous woman.  Great work.

I know change is inevitable.  Does anyone wonder if these cultures are better or worse off as the change comes?

I certainly don't think they get any "happier".


I agree Doug, and suspect that most cultures, tribes, or societies will, by natural pressures, stabilize in a condition of reasonable happiness if left alone by outsiders.  Just as a healthy individual will, if possible, conduct themselves to achieve the most happiness, so will the individuals in a tribe or region.

Happiness is threatened when an outside entity attempts to influence, assist, or exploit the peoples in the tribe or region.  The insensitive or ignorant invasion will disrupt the natural balance or mechanism which has for centuries served the people and given them the much needed stability and happiness.  The best source for achieving happiness comes from those in need of it, and not from those without, who typically wish to exploit or force upon the peoples unworkable remedies or solutions.   

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Re: Elizabeth Gilbert: Histories in Africa
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 11:56:52 PM »
The Maasai could teach us a lot, they are probably the nearest thing to me believing in evolution to ever come down the pike. They are a culture built around lions. A young Maasai male isn't a man until he has killed or stood his ground against a lion. Needless to say some never get home. Their distinctive red garments and bells they have worn for decades actually have an effect. The lions will run from the colors and the bells... Guess they've just evolved to figure this out.