The noble savage

While Hobbes was perhaps a bit of a dark view of human nature, or rather man in a state of nature. I have little truck with Rousseau and all his noble savage ruminating. The simple facts are that civilized people live longer, materially better and certainly more intellectually enlightened lives than primitive tribes’ people.

Women’s rights, just for example, is the direct result of modern industrial and post industrial civilization. Women are now freed from the tyranny of being nothing more than a homemaker, the fear of unwanted pregnancy and the real threat of dying in child birth.   Civilization has freed at least parts of mankind from the threat of being at the mercy of merciless nature.

To put it bluntly as one of my philosophy professors put it: “The noble savage is an interesting idea, but otherwise total Bull crap. There nothing noble about being hungry, poor and living a short life.”

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