Why introduce ourselves to these people that are obviously thriving on their own? These tribes are simple people with a way of living that is as foreign to us, as life on Mars. Why integrate ourselves into that? Why not leave it alone and see what happens? Why not let them progress into what they would were there not outside forces? Why not observe them and learn from them?
Because they are people, not science experiments. It's hard to make judgments in situations such as these, because although I believe people should have the right to self-determination, which these people cannot do if they don't even realize we exist, it's also true that if contact is made, these people will be unable to thrive in our current culture without extensive funding and aid from governments.It isn't about integrating ourselves into them, it's about giving them the option to integrate into *us*.
What's makes us better than these tribes?
Some would say that our technology, our medical advances and machinery clearly make us better. Yet, these people have survived for generations. you see them with children on their hips. Food available to them and loggings?
Surviving for long periods of time != better. I can say that I would not like it much if I had to struggle every day for food to eat, or be subject to the possibility of tribal war at any time. I do not know how the natives would think, but they will never have the chance to decide unless we give it to them.
Who are we to define happiness? What is happiness? I ask these questions to stress that being a more advanced civilization, having more, knowing more, does not necessarily mean that we have a better existence. While life has many aspects; the pursuit of happiness, whether saving up for that new pair of shoes, or working up the nerve to ask that co-worker out is one of the more important aspects of existence. Hell, it's even in our constitution. In this world that has been provided us, we are jaded. For most, existing here is not like existing in their world. Skipping a day of work, or blowing of our responsibly doesn't have the same consequences as they have. I know that sounds horrible, to think that a day of rest would result in no food. Oh, but how it must feel to be so self reliant? Where happiness is not getting the newest Playstation game next week, but is knowing that you have provided for your family. Where happiness is sitting down with your comrades and family and enjoying a meal that you all worked together to create. To have a closeness that can only come from banding together to take on harsh conditions and survive.
Worrying about happiness is understandable. Maybe we should let the natives decide what makes them happy instead of assuming that we understand their world view, though. Personally, I think that it's perfectly possible to be close to your family even in modern settings.
There is no way of knowing who they are as people without talking to them, getting to know them. But will talking to them, will integrating ourselves change the way they look at things and change who they are?
Possibly. Probably. Almost definitely. But who are we to decide if this is good or bad for them? Do we have a right to play god?
What happens now? Now that we have opened our world to them. Do we vaccinate them and hope that the new disease that we have amassed upon them does not wipe them out? Do we tantalize them with demonstrations of advanced tools and trinkets then leave them wondering, "what else is there?"? Do we integrate ourselves into their culture. Slowly changing the way they do things until there is no semblance of their previous culture left?
I think that contact should focus primarily on giving the natives choice in their future. I don't think it should focus on assimilation.