"Let me challenge the reader," he states. "As of 2019, in contrast to this common trope of tribal peoples living in harmony with nature, let us observe that it is the industrial nations of the West who do the most for conservation. The Western nations are the most pristine and abundant in wildlife. They are the nations which pass regulations to limit pollution and carbon emissions. On the other hand, the Korowai seek out cheap rice and noodles and discard the plastic wrappers wherever it pleases them without a thought to littering."
Peoples such as the Korowai are not living an idyllic life in tune with nature, Johnson concluded. "They’ve just not succeeded in taking dominion over creation. They’ve been unsuccessful in the fight against their environment, so instead of shaping their external world into a place where creativity and health can flourish, they’ve had to be content with doing just enough to survive."
"If a tourist ever exalts a tribal culture because they are 'in harmony with nature' remember the high infant mortality, the propensity to violence, the low technology, the poor hygiene, and the poor status of women. And then please reason with them that they are just spewing a Western myth and the sad reality is much different than they've been taught."
For more information on the real work being done not only to reach people like the Korowai with the Gospel but to work to eradicate the problems that plague them, visit HeartCry Missionary Society.
Please continue to pray for missionaries like Trevor and his wife, and the people they serve. Learn more about their ministry to the Korowai in the video below:
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