Two Items from today's NY Times editorials:
The Times had an editorial today relating to yesterday's fascinating page 1 story about nearly 80 members of the Nukak hunter-gatherer tribe who walked out the jungle and "renounced their ancestral ways." It's unclear why they left -- perhaps the jungle had become less habitable because of coca farmers or marxist guerrillas. As the Times editorilized: "In one sense there has never been a better time for a people like the Nukak to leave the wild. They'll find medical care, sustenance and a genuine attempt at cultural respect that would have been impossible years ago. Yet the fact that they're leaving suggest how much their world -- and ours - has been impaired. . . .The Nukak have every right to make this decision for themselves. But it's hard to escape the feeling that their self sustaining existence -- which went almost entirely unnoticed by the rest of the world -- was holding something open for us, something that has now been lost." (See also a multi-media presentation of the story here.)
A separate editorial concerning former Times executive editor Abe Rosenthal who died this week quoted him: "When something is going on, silence is a lie."