Monday, September 26, 2011

Response to Benjamin Franklins' "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America"

Ben,

"Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs." I don't think you could have said it any better. If I'm being honest, I never really learned more than "Benjamin Franklin invented electricity or Benjamin Franklin's on the hundred dollar bill." But after reading this, I am very fascinated to learn more about you and your achievements. I think that its extremely honorable that you were able to see the point of view of Native Americans that most gold hungry colonists were not able to see. My favorite point in which you bring up is the one regarding the Natives response to missionaries. The contrast between both origin stories in their religion and in Christianity is amazing in it's opposition. I was also extremely shocked by the thought in which humans were once good, or at least one race was. The natives were not focused on money and usury, rather sharing and helping other peoples, even strangers. It is sad that we have wiped out some of the last bit of good we had on this Earth.