The British Natural History Museum is planning an expedition to Paraguay, to "find several hundred new species of plants and insects".
英國自然博物館正在計畫到巴拉圭進行一項展演: " 找尋幾百類新植物和新昆蟲的物種 "
But these species are only "new" to Western culture. Local aboriginal people are already well-aware of them, having coexisted for thousands of years.
但是這些物種對於西方文化來說才算是" 新物種 ".
When I was a child, we learned that Columbus "discovered" America. But how can you discover a place when people already live there?... unless you don't believe they are really people.
在我小時候,我們知道哥倫比亞 " 發現 " 新大陸.
但是你如何可以 " 發現 " 一處早已有人類居住的地方?....除非你不相信他們也是人類.
This expedition into the most remote parts of Paraguay also threatens the existence of the aboriginal people there, who remain isolated by choice. The researchers are sure to make contact with them, and they risk bringing germs which the aboriginal people may not be immuned to.
It is so tragic that some of the most educated people in Western society still believe they are "discovering" the new world, while totally disregarding the aboriginal people who were already there.