Beautiful Primitive Man
Whenever you see primitive people on TV or in movies, they're ugly. I'm not talking about surviving tribes, but about depictions of neanderthal and cro magnon men and women.
They're dirty and unkempt, have lumpy faces and make ugly sounds, but why should they be ugly? Animals are beautiful -- there are very few ugly primates.
The human tribes that could be considered the most primitive may seem bizarre to us, but they're never dirty or unkempt.
Why this insistance on the fact that primitive man was dirty? In all likelhood, he was magnificent -- clean, well-groomed, and in great shape.
In this post-Baconian world, perhaps we seek to reassure ourselves that all this progress is really worth something.
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