We are constantly bombarded by images of Native Indians dancing and movies like Pocahontas that show Indians as peace loving environmentalists who pet birds and talk to the animals. We are told that we should embrace the Aztec culture, "it's so vibrant" they say "it's superior" they say. The they being multiculturalists.
But did you know that there were more deaths as a percentage of population from war during these periods of history in the indigenous societies than all of the deaths during the Twentieth Century wars?
It's the truth baby!
Aztecs use to perform human sacrifice, skin their victims, wear those skins around - including the face! Should I embrace that culture? Should I look at that as a proud time in human history? Sure that was their culture and they probably enjoyed and revered it, but this is not that time and this is not that place and we are not those people.
So, why should we embrace these cultures? They weren't the Utopian societies they are being made out to be.
Don't get me wrong. I am fascinated by both cultures and their histories. I love history, archeology and all that comes with it, but that doesn't mean I want it recreated. Everyone wants to belief the tripe of the peaceful native Americans, myself included, it's great for fantasy, but the reality...
John Press, author of Culturism, brings us an entertaining video below that will scare the hell out of you in the first 3 seconds and then go on to explain why we should take a realists view when it comes to these cultures. You can read my review of Culturism here, you can buy the book here.