A Changing World by Gracie Chick
The first thing you notice as the camera follows TV presenter, explorer and ex-marine Bruce Parry into the Adi village is that everyone seems to have their place.
The scene is somewhat unusual to the majority of western eyes. Animals and people alike working, playing and living together in seemingly perfect harmony. They think nothing of it, whereas we see it as a rare example of communal living and an ideal that some of us may dream of. For them it is just the lifestyle they have always known.
But things amongst the Adis are changing, visible cracks are beginning to form. The arrival of Christianity has split the village in two. The traditional belief in spirits and nature is now rivaled by this popular new religion. Roads have been established and electricity will bring the first appearance of television in the village. One would think that they would object to these advances, for their culture stills goes strong, but no. It seems that the Adis have encouraged the proceedings.
The Adis appear confident that these new things will exist peacefully alongside their ancient traditions. They show no sign of stopping all the rituals and ceremonies that form an Adi’s day-to-day life.
The interesting thing will be to see how this modern way of life that is creeping into Adi villages will coexist with conventional Adi society. The big question is: Will the younger generations continue the simple lifestyle or will they opt for a new one?
My hope is that the Adis continue to pursue their culture for I believe it comes with many valuable and wonderful qualities such as hospitality, equality, understanding, being at one with nature. If we suddenly thrust our self-centered ways upon them it may just wipe out something very precious.
I am willing the Adis to make the decision not to be influenced by the many downsides to our world. We are supposed to help our neighbours when they are in need, be kind and generous to strangers, take only what we require and waste nothing, work hard, learn from nature’s example, respect our elders. But do we? The Adis do. It’s like they live in a constant circle of life which, hopefully, will never stop.
I wish that the people all over the world would be more eager to learn from the Adis, we should be adopting their culture rather than them adopting ours. I think we could benefit and grow as humans if we started to live a bit more like the Adis.