Respecting does not always infer agreement. Respect is defined in many ways. I took the liberty to search the internet for the best definition I could find and decided to use the one I found on dictionary.com which states, “esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability,”in showing that I do not agree with everything our elder brothers the Kogi believed, presented in the film “From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning”, but I respect several of their ideas and would like to discuss a few.
One of the qualities that I found most admirable of the Kogi people was their respect for women of their society. Several times in the film the mumu or mama stated that women are to be respected and appreciated. The mumu goes on to say that a man should never abuse physically or mentally a woman, and should treat them with the same respect as they do Luna. As I pondered on this message it is the same message our beloved prophet president Hinckley gave to members of the church on several occasions in general priesthood meetings. I believe that one of the reasons that the Kogi have been so successful through time is their respect for the wife’s, daughters, sisters, etc.
Another quality that I admired was there connectedness with their environment. Everything they did had a purpose, nothing was done to pass time or waste the day. One thing that was mentioned in class during our discussion of the film was the idea that they adopted some things from the outside world but would not use shoes because it would separate them from their environment or nature. I believe that it is the little things people do that make them true to who they are and what they believe.
In conclusion the last thing that I would like to mention is my 100% agreement with the idea of balance in the world. I do not think it is a coincidence that there is more disease and natural disaster today then might have been before in the history of the world. We as human have lost the balance between using and replacing. I get this idea from the stability of the Kogi people. They have a very balanced life with nature and have been around doing the same thing for over four hundred years. In the book the Spell of the Sensuous, the idea of the balance between man and nature is also discussed. It is interesting to me that in older civilizations that are present today each civilization has someone or an idea of creating balance or maintaining balance with nature. It is something that in our 21 century mentality we have lost sight of and need to regain.