Keep the Anasazi politically correct, or else!
Some people dismiss the Politically Correct or PC Movement
as a bad joke. But when being Politically Correct means
objective reality must be twisted to conform to the PC
vision of how the world ought to be, then the PC Movement
begins to take on ominous Orwellian-Hitlerian overtones.
For example, the Anasazi were an ancient people of the
American southwest who disappeared mysteriously from the
face of the earth. Many theories, none conclusive, have
been advanced as to why this relatively advanced
agricultural civilization vanished leaving behind only the
ruins of their high-rise, cave-dwellings.
One of the local jokes in Colorado, where one of the largest
Anasazi ruins is found, is that the Anasazi were doomed
because they built their ruins too close to the highway.
Until just recently, the hitherto supposedly,
peace-loving, corn-eating, oh-so-politically-correct
Anasazis were probably on their way to being lionized in a
Disney movie. You know the genre: all the wild
animals sit around the camp fire in peace and harmony and
sing to the natives who, of course, are the only humans
fit to inhabit the earth because they are "at one" with
But new research found in Christy Turnerís book: Man Corn:
Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American
Southwest, reveals the Anasazis tortured, mutilated and
then ate their enemies. So far, no one has unearthed an
Anasazi cookbook giving directions for the proper
preparation of Homo Sapiens a la Anasazi. But if the
Anasazi partook of victims carrying a prehistoric version
of Ecoli bacteria, that might explain why they disappeared
so suddenly. As they say: "You are who you eat."
The evidence suggests Anasazi cannibalism was not, like
the Donner Party, something done only in an extreme
situation where those who died of starvation and exposure
were then eaten by those still surviving. Apparently,
Anasazi cannibalism was an established practice based on a
communal decision that killing and eating other humans was
acceptable. Presumably, the Anasazi did not eat their
friends and relatives. In all probability, they did as the
Aztecs and the Mayans, who generally used their slaves or
enemy POWs as objects of ritual murder.
When members of the PC Movement heard Professor Turner
found evidence of Anasazi cannibalism, they criticized him
for being insensitive to the negative political
ramifications of his findings.
The PC Movementís outrage with Professor Turner is a prime
example of trying to intimidate those who come across the
truth from sharing it with the rest of the world because
the truth does not support their political objectives.
Objective reality or the truth is the bedrock of what we,
in western civilization, call: the "scientific method." It
began with Aristotle who taught us the scientific pursuit
of knowledge must begin with "givens," immutable facts
derived from careful observation and experience.
Aristotle taught we must start with actual facts if we are
to be able to move forward and discover hidden truths. If
one starts from a faulty premise or "given," then the
search for the truth or objective reality is doomed.
The scientific method has served humankind well. It helped
us conquer many dread diseases such as Polio and Smallpox,
to treat other diseases and to go to the Moon and beyond.
Moreover, the scientific method has us served well
politically and socially because it stands as a bulwark
against superstition and myth which so often are twisted
to demonize particular groups of people.
A civilization accustomed to subjecting its ideas or
beliefs to the scientific method is less likely to act
on the basis of superstition, myth or rumor. Remember,
demonization is a key step toward genocide.
That is why the PC Movement is becoming so dangerous.
George Orwell saw it coming. When those in power can
declare by fiat something to be or not be whatever they
choose, irrespective of the truth, then the rest of
society is in big trouble.
William Hamilton is a nationally syndicated columnist and featured commentator for USA Today.