Light at the Edge of the World

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Light at the Edge of the World
A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures: Chapter Summary and Reflections
Chapter one in Wade Davis’ Light at the Edge of The World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures talks about how diverse the world used to be, and how cultures, languages, flora and fauna are vanishing. Davis talks about the revolutionary first look at earth from the space ship in 1968, too and how paramount it was for humans to see the planet it lives on and controls. “This transcendent vision, more than any amount of scientific data, taught us that the earth is a finite place that can endure our neglect for only so long (Davis 3).” Still, Davis goes on to say that “the ultimate tragedy is..(that) the vibrant,...
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.....orld. The underdog, of course, in terms of history’s “winners,” the European colonizers. I agree with Davis that it is of the utmost importance to appreciate and preserve these cultures, even though change and shifting of peoples and identities are inevitable. Davis sees the value in cultures and traditions that are non-westernized, and I envy his outlook and his experience. I hope I can have similar experiences as Wade Davis, because it would broaden my understanding and capacity to understand the world and its history. Overall, Light at the Edge of The World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures was a really interesting book that broadened my sense of worldview and made me want to become a more culturally appreciative person.