Noble Savage Myth

Exploitation of the Noble Savage Myth











By Rick Gordon - Enigmose Political

Noble Savage Archetype

The noble savage, in sync with his environment and at peace with nature and his fellow man is a literary stock character, a stereotypical fictitious person whom audiences will immediately recognize from persistent recurrences in a particular literary genre.

The typical noble savage is uncorrupted by western civilization and is symbolic of humanities inherent goodness. Quite frequently this noble savage is over-run and ravaged by the advance of a greedy genocidal blood thirsty 'civilized' westerners.

The key word in the above paragraphs is "Fictitious" as the stereotypical characters portrayed as the "noble savage" never actually existed in the real world.

The Noble Savage is not a person, but a concept known as cultural primitivism. It is the yearning of people existing in Complex advanced and or Industrialized societies for the simple and primitive life of our ancestors in the false belief that it is healthier both physically as well as spiritually.

In Judeo- Christian lore the Noble savage is personified as Adam and Eve in Eden, living a pristine existence free from toil and pain. Eden collapsed when the serpent appeared and burst their bubble under the apple tree.

Literary Myth Making

16th century writer Michel de Montaigne initiated the Noble savage myth in the Americas when he naively described Amerindians as morally pure living a pristine existence so heavenly and ideal that they did not have to labor, but instead spent their waking hours dancing and rejoicing. The Amerindians bubble was burst by the advance of Western civilization and their unwilling incorporation into it.

In the Modern era an enviro novel from Author Rachel Carson 'Silent Spring' was one of the earlier attempts at evoking the myth of the noble savage to advance a given cause. She begins her Novel with the false statement 'there was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings.'' In reality, the town she described never really existed, and never could exist. Her book was easily refuted junk science based on fear mongering and alarmism. Carson went on to involvement in multiple alarmist tree hugger causes.'


Exploitation of Noble Savage Myth

Aside from Junk science associated with many, but certainly not all environmental issues, the Myth of the Noble Savage is quite frequently evoked by modern leftists to ...

1. Instill White Guilt

2. Instill Oppression Mentality

     

3. Revise Historical Data to suit Leftist False Narratives

4. Advance Socialism


Land Ownership

Leftists will frequently idealize the Pre-Colombian Native American aka Noble Savage, who was without property and had a different concept of land ownership than westerners. Many, but certainly not all Amerindian groups believed that land belonged to all collectively, and no man could put a fence around a piece of land and claim that this was his. Owning a piece of land was like owning a piece of the sky. Forget the fact that they lived in a nearly perpetual state of warfare with neighboring tribes and amongst klans within tribes. Many of these wars and blood feuds were over land / territory. [1]

The current socio-fascist left relishes romanticizing the 'noble savage' as a mode of instilling a sense of guilt in mainstream society and an oppression mentality in Native Americans. Wo be it to any real scientist who attempts to refute or by chance via true research uncovers factual data that bursts the bubbles of the leftist hob knobbers and the self righteous pomposity. Napoleon Chagnon, professor of anthropology and member of the National Academy of Sciences, is living proof of that.


The following is excerpted and condensed from an article by Toby Young in the American Spectator - For Full Article Click Here


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists Paperback  February 18, 2014by Napoleon A. Chagnon


How much longer can the liberal left survive in the face of growing scientific evidence that many of its core beliefs are false? I am thinking in particular of the conviction that all human beings are born with the same capacities, particularly the capacity for good, and that all mankinds sins can be laid at the door of the capitalist societies of the West. For the sake of brevity, lets call this the myth of the noble savage. This romanticism underpins all progressive movements .... Indeed, the reaction of so-called free thinkers to purveyors of inconvenient truths is reminiscent of the reaction of fundamentalist Christians to scientists who challenged their core beliefs.

American anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon..devoted his life to studying the Yanomama indigenous people of the Amazonian rain forest ...his conclusions directly challenge the myth of the noble savage.

Chagnon was accused of fomenting wars .... deliberately infecting the Yanomam with measles and paying subjects to kill each other. Shockingly, these charges were taken at face value and widely reported in liberal publications . Chagnon was forced into early retirement ...' [2]

His career ruined - all the charges against him were later proven false, he was the victim of a Witch Hunt - one of many by the socio-fascist Progressive Left.


Footnote 1. "...Pattern of abandoning territory out of fear in order to widen a buffer zone ... illustrates the most common mechanism by which primitive warfare expanded and contracted the domains of prestate societies... " War Before Civilization: War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage by Lawrence H. Keeley Pg. 110

2. Also See - Why Some of the Worst Attacks on Social Science Have Come From Liberals