Mutt Farkinov: whatshisname: I wonder what the "irreparable" damage was? People have always been allowed to climb to the top of Temple II via some wooden stairs and sit on the upper stairs. Most of the place has been dug out of the jungle and restored, so I can't really see how some people climbing on the temple could have ruined it.My guess is they took pieces of temple stone as souvenirs.
Aces and Eights: Happy Hours: Aces and Eights: I suggested he help introduce some sort of industry into the village to help with the extreme poverty. He said he had to be careful not to change their culture.Prime Directive?And if he converts them (I presume to Christianity) will that not change their culture?I suppose it's something like the Prime Directive guiding principle. I too find it ironic that he doesn't want to change their culture, and yet his primary reason for being in their presence is to convert them to Christianity and help them find hope. I don't think he sees that as a conundrum.I think his heart is in the right place, in that he wants to do something to help them. But it does pose some interesting questions about what exactly needs changing and who gets to decide what's best for an entire village. I suggested maybe they're just fine living the way they have been for generations, but he says the women all tell him they're miserable and wish their lives were better. The men mostly just drink and ignore him.He has succeeded in showing them how to build enclosures for their chickens so they can start some kind of husbandry. Small steps.I wish I knew the answer for them.
Aces and Eights: My very white cousin lives amongst very poor Mayans in the jungle. He is there as a missionary. He says most of the men work cane fields a few weeks out of the year, and sit around and drink homemade rum the rest of the time. Typically, the women do whatever work there is to be done. Kids get ignored mostly. My cousin desperately wants to help them. They are quite distrustful of white men, but accepted him because one of their leaders had a vision that he would arrive. Two weeks later, into their village he walked.I suggested he help introduce some sort of industry into the village to help with the extreme poverty. He said he had to be careful not to change their culture.
whatshisname: I wonder what the "irreparable" damage was? People have always been allowed to climb to the top of Temple II via some wooden stairs and sit on the upper stairs. Most of the place has been dug out of the jungle and restored, so I can't really see how some people climbing on the temple could have ruined it.
Indubitably: Gyrfalcon: Oh, great. We made it though the apocalypse date okay; but NOW we're screwed!We were always screwed, darlin'. *)
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