What the Western world can learn from the Moriori

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The history of the Moriori, little known outside of Oceania, might appear like a fable, a cautionary tale that people came up with to educate their children. As unnerving as the dark legend about this forgotten tribe might be, the entire story really happened. Hopefully it will serve as a warning, to all other people around the world who chose to rebel against the laws of nature and descend down the path of the Moriori.

The story of the Moriori begins more than five hundred years ago, when a group of Maori left New Zealand by boat, looking for new unpopulated land to settle. After a long journey they landed on a remote island group, now known to us as the Chatham islands. The environment they encountered here was different from the one they left. Temperatures were colder and the crops they were used to growing would not grow. They were forced to adapt to these new circumstances. Their diet changed to one largely composed of fish and plants native on the islands.

These isolated islands never sustained a lot of people, thus the Moriori society inevitably remained a tight-knitted community. After a violent tribal conflict between different groups, a 16th century chief known as Nunuku-whenua declared that from now on, all violence would be forbidden, because of its destructive impact on such a small community. Disputes from now on would be settled through consensus, or in the worst case, through a duel, that would stop as soon as first blood was drawn. Cannibalism was forbidden and passive resistance to oppression was endorsed. This became known as the Code of Nunuku.

Because overpopulation would lead to violence, the Moriori decided to implement cruel measures to artificially constrain their population. It was not uncommon for them to castrate some of their newborn boys. The birth rate would be constrained as a consequence and the boys would remain docile, growing up to be the hunter-gatherer equivalent of Antifa and social justice bloggers.

Living in isolation, the Moriori could sustain their way of life for over 300 years. But then, in the 19th century, the vacuum they had created was suddenly punctured. British people began to land, bringing with them ex-convicts and Maori sailors. The formerly culturally homogeneous Moriori now had to learn to adapt to the presence of different cultures, but greater problems were still ahead of them.

The growth of the British population on New Zealand’s Northern island had displaced two Maori tribes, the Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga. In 1835 these tribes, numbering about 500 people in total, captured a British ship and its crew and forced it to set sail for the Chatham islands. Some sources seem to claim that the Maori tribes traveled to the Chatham islands, precisely because they knew how passive the Moriori were.

When the Maori landed, the Moriori, who numbered around 2000 people, decided to take care of them. After they figured out that the Maori were not temporary visitors but planned on staying on the islands, the Moriori decided to withdraw to their sacred place. Here the Moriori debated with each other how they should deal with the newcomers. They decided to implement a policy of non-aggression, reportedly against the insistence of the young. The code of Nunuku had to be followed under all circumstances.

The Maori then began to lay claim to the land, wandering through it carrying weapons, without greeting the natives. If the Moriori inquired, they were told that they were now their vassals. Although most narratives don’t lay out a precise time-line, it is clear that the first boatload of Maori killed a twelve year old Moriori girl and hung her flesh from posts. A second ship arrived a few weeks after this event, carrying another 400 Maori.

Hundreds of Moriori were murdered and cannibalized, the rest were enslaved. Instead of fighting back, the Moriori hid in holes beneath the ground. Moriori were forbidden from marrying each other by their Maori overlords and the Moriori women married Maori men. The Maori prohibited the Moriori language, and forced them to desecrate their sacred sites by urinating and defecating on them. Only 101 Moriori out of a population of about 2,000 were left alive by 1862. The last Moriori of unmixed ancestry, Tommy Solomon, died in 1933.

Lessons to learn

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the Moriori did wrong. Had the Moriori been ruthless, they could have sunk the first ship before it landed. Had the Moriori been more balanced, they could have risen up when a 12 year old girl was murdered and hung from a pole. At the time, they were still dealing with a mere 500 invaders, among whom were women and children. Sadly, the Moriori submitted. By the time the second boat arrived, the outcome had been determined.

It’s interesting that children in school are never taught about the Moriori. Instead, they are taught about the sacred trinity of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. We teach our children that they should submit when wronged and these children then grow up to be adults who will only submit when wronged.

We could consider it the outgrowth of Christianity, but it seems that Jesus teachings never quite became dominant until the 20th century. Had these teachings become dominant earlier, Christianity would never have grown to be successful. Medieval knights were slapped in the face when knighted, told that these would be the last slaps they could ever accept without having to retaliate.

Europeans are modern day Moriori. When their continent is invaded by men in boats, they worry about the boats that sink, offer Turkey billions of dollars and decide to take in more invaders through an “air-bridge”. When their children are raped in swimming pools and their women harassed, they do not see an invading force that’s testing the waters, they see people who need to be educated about how to treat women. I’m sure the Moriori assumed the invading tribes could be taught to adapt their pacifist ethos too.

Nobody disputes that the Syrians living in refugee camps are unfortunate. The Maori tribes that were displaced by the British were equally unfortunate, but it did not prohibit them from finding someone else to take advantage of. If anything, experiencing misfortune themselves merely seems to have made them more cruel.

Regardless of what we might have been taught in high school, passive resistance isn’t brave. It’s cowardly. It is an attempt to emotionally manipulate someone who mistreats you, an appeal to pity. For us to abstain from violence when wronged is a sin against nature. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog take care of her pups can see the most important lesson parents teach their children. The mother dog will harass her pups, even hurting them, until the pup strikes back. The pups have to be taught to stand up for themselves.

Today an entire continent needs to be taught to stand up for itself. I will be the last to claim that European civilization is free from flaws. We do not castrate our children, we merely psychologically neuter them, by forcing them to sit behind desks and memorize petty facts. Most of our brightest young women don’t wish to have children but continue down the path of factoid memorization in exchange for ever new titles to put behind their name until their ovaries cease to work. Our young men are sucked into a virtual reality world of pornography and video games.

And yet, when compared to those who wish to replace us, our flaws don’t outweigh our virtues. The Moriori did not torture people, nor engage in cannibalism. When possible, they sought to resolve disputes through consensus. Sadly, an autistic tendency towards ethical consistency led them to apply their principles even in cases where they were completely impractical. A superior tribe was replaced by inferior ones. Nobody genuinely benefited from this outcome, not even the Maori invaders themselves, it merely lead to an amplification of suffering for everyone.

Western civilization in spite of its flaws is superior to anything that would seek to replace it. We don’t mutilate our childrens’ genitals. We don’t force young children to marry adult men. We don’t practice incest and polygamy. We don’t kill people by throwing stones at them. We don’t resort to a 1400 year old book written by a pedophile warlord to govern our society. As a result, the whole world looks at us with thinly concealed envy. It would be cruel to allow them to replace us.

19 thoughts on “What the Western world can learn from the Moriori”

  1. “We don’t mutilate our childrens’[sic] genitals.”

    I guess you don’t live in the USA, then. Among whites, there are far more circumcised males in virtually all age groups than intact ones. And this has been going on in large numbers since the 1930s.

    1. That is not a “[sic]”. It is – or was – the correct plural possessive form. That you so rarely see it any more is testament to the plunging quality of education in schools.

      In the UK it is – or was – quite rare to be a circumcised male. I was surprised at the prevalence of circumcision in North America when I first became aware of it.

        1. Probably deemed ‘archaic’ by now.

          I was taught this rule sometime around 1963, at a reputable school, which for some reason inclines me to take it as being true.
          Then again, that school seemed to be somewhat erratic in what it deemed correct and proper.

          The rule went something along the lines of:
          A child’s pencil. Childrens’ pencils.
          A person’s hopes. Peoples’ hopes.

          Which is to say: The pencils of multiple children and the hopes of multiple people.

          But like everything else, what is no longer used, is probably no longer valid.

          I watched the Trump performance this evening, at the Florida debate, and was struck by the way he was pressured to not say things he said because, although they were accurate and true, meant something else to the political types who took issue with them, other than what they actually meant.

          Language is an ongoing casualty of poor educational standards along with the politicisation of word meanings.

          And as for punctuation, haha :)
          Hardly anybody even seems to know what it is any more, let alone how to use it, or why.

          With age comes a multitude of issues you’d never even considered. Getting old is the least of it.

          1. You wrote:

            “A child’s pencil. Childrens’ pencils.
            A person’s hopes. Peoples’ hopes.”

            You can place an apostrophe after an “s” at the end of a word only if it is a legitimate plural word in the first place.

            So “peoples” is indeed a word. E.g., “The peoples (ethnic groups) of the world are not united on this matter.” However, “people’s” is also correct, depending on the context.

            But “childrens” is not a word.

            Over to you!

            1. I have no more to offer.
              I was taught this distinction, as I was taught so many other utterly useless things. I am quite happy to now do with it as I have done to almost everything else I was taught: to toss it on the scrapheap of useless information that will no longer be taking up valuable real estate in my skull.

    2. Well then. Removal of superfluous skin is The Exact Same Thing as using a pair of wire cutters to cut off your daughter’s clitoris, of course. So the whole argument is invalid, and we should all welcome the looters and rapists! Perhaps we could send our daughters to them for corrective surgery, too!

    3. True. It socially acceptable (and even medically recommended) to mutilate the genitals of White male children ONLY; it is unacceptable (possibly unlawful as well) to mutilate the genitals of the children of any other gender or race.
      I speak as one of those males whose genitalia was mutilated shortly following my birth.

      1. Thereby reducing the chances of HIV or other infections. Really a silly point of distraction.

        and that’s “We don’t resort to a 1400 year old book written by a pedophile warlord WITH AN IMAGINARY FRIEND to govern our society.” There, fixed it.

      2. Actually, the majority of white boys don’t get circumcised at birth – only in the English-speaking countries, i.e., USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. It was once popular in England but has fallen by the wayside there except for the aristocratic bunch.

        The majority of circs done on boys are are done to middle Easterners and Africans (some tribes only, and only then at adolescence).

        It is terrible what was done to you; I didn’t have mine “done” and would have killed to prevent it. (I’m a mother.)

  2. Did you catch the name of those islands? The Chatham Islands. Without any further research I’ll assume the English ended up there as well, and the Maori who were squeezed out of New Zealand found no safe haven after having wiped out the Moriori.

  3. This is an interesting story but my first thought was that the Western World can be associated with the Maori as much as they could the Moriori.
    “What goes around comes around.” The solution now is to end the cycle and find ways resolve the refugee problem while maintaining Western Culture and values. Western Culture is so appealing and strong I think it will prevail in the end.

    1. ‘Western Culture is so appealing and strong I think it will prevail in the end.’

      Not if its very notion becomes erased from the minds of the youngest generation of any particular era, or more likely not imparted into those minds at all from birth. Because then Western Culture will vanish the instant they become the older generation. It will simply not exist anymore. I believe we may be living in that era now.

      But if you were hinting that many of the most noble and gifted characteristics often seen in Western Europeans do seem to have a close link with our genetics, very possibly ARE our genetics, in a sense, then I’d probably agree with that.

      But if the culture were to ever die then we could be still waiting thousands of years for any natural ‘resurgence’. So we should all definitely be deeply concerned about its continued existence – too many ruined empires from the pages of history remind us to never take our existence for granted – and also be constantly vigilant to any possible (even minor) threats to our thriving.

  4. Having grown up in New Zealand I’ll let you in on a little secret: public education generally denies that the Moriori ever existed at all. Well meaning leftists who are “1/16th Maori” have taken over the narrative. Unless you study history at uni you will hear little to nothing of the Moriori – let alone Maori dysfunction, intertribal warfare, cannibalism, infanticide etc.

  5. I struggle with lots of subtle interpretations in this article and I struggle with the concept that Moriori should have given up their beliefs, faith and traditions to combat their oppressors. With that argument, Gandhi, Mandela, and Christ himself would have had greater success, faster, but the long term implications would have made them each just another forgotten footnote in a turbulent history.
    I like the following quote written in the 1860s as at least it has authenticity.
    “Friend, let no other peoples of the world ask why this people did not hold to
    their lands. It was because we were a people who did not know anger or how
    to fight… We were a people who dwelt in peace, who did not believe in killing
    and eating their own kind.”
    Extract from 1862 letter to Sir George Grey, Governor, signed by 30 Moriori elders

  6. I find it a little dangerous how we can ever so slightly adapt the a history to suit our story or viewpoint but then the narrative becomes accepted and becomes the historical account. We see this a lot with the retelling of the story of Moriori. Movies like the Cloud Atlas of course do not help where and even weirder slant is put on the story, using African American actors to portray Moriori participants with a film recorded in Hawaii and tattooed faces representing a people who did no such thing. I really thought that Tom Hanks and the lovely Halle Berry had a bit more class when it came to choosing roles to play, and that someone would have at least consulted with the tribal organisation representative of Moriori. In this day and age, to be making money out of intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples is a bit rank.
    Anyway, once again, I feel compelled to put right what I see in print. Bear with me and accept my apologies as i thnk that it fantastic that the story of Moriori is getting shared around, but it needs to be done honestly as there has already been 4 generations of New Zealanders fed and taught lies about this piece of New Zealand history and it doesn’t take much for them all to just shrug and say, “So what? I don’t really believe it all anyway”.
    The history of the Moriori, little known outside of Oceania, might appear like a fable, a cautionary tale that people came up with to educate their children. As unnerving as the dark legend about this forgotten tribe might be, the entire story really happened. Hopefully it will serve as a warning, to all other people around the world who chose to rebel against the laws of nature and descend down the path of the Moriori.
    But what an honourable pathway it is. We celebrate and admire Gandhi for his fervent belief in peaceful protest. Likewise, King and Mandela (himself a former “armed revolutionary” who in conjunction with the South African Communist Party co-founded the militant wing of the ANC – Really peaceful!) yet we ignore the greatest and longest peaceful struggle by a people in the history of mankind. These are not a dead people. Moriori are alive and well and enjoying a renaissance that proves that they were right to hold fast to their beliefs. Every single descendant of Moriori lineage can hold their heads up high in the knowledge that they held to a moral imperative that far surpasses the sword. Their example will ring (albeit rather dully) down through the centuries as far more honourable than the genocidal tendencies of Maori or even of the NZ government who still allow the persecution and marginalisation to continue, even today.
    The story of the Moriori begins more than five hundred years ago, when a group of Maori left New Zealand by boat, looking for new unpopulated land to settle.
    Said who? As far as the history books go, Nunuku Whenua laid down his law about 500 years ago (circa 1500s) Prior to that Moriori had been living on the islands for some 200 years or more? The distinguished New Zealand historian Michael King, estimated that Moriori arrived on the Islands around the 13th or 14th century 1200-1300 AD. Its only some 200 years, but timing is everything.

    From http://www.nztec.victoria.ac.nz “One of the local chiefs living at the time was Rongopapa. Shand (66, p. 115), from a lineage of 28 generations from Rongopapa to modern times, estimated that the Rangimata canoe arrived at the Chathams 700 years ago or roughly about 1200 A.D.”

    There is no proof that they looking for new unpopulated land. The evidence points strongly in favour of a large trading party, but no evidence has been purported to show that they definitively were seeking a new land.
    After a long journey they landed on a remote island group, now known to us as the Chatham islands. The environment they encountered here was different from the one they left. Temperatures were colder and the crops they were used to growing would not grow. They were forced to adapt to these new circumstances. Their diet changed to one largely composed of fish and plants native on the islands.
    These isolated islands never sustained a lot of people, thus the Moriori society inevitably remained a tight-knitted community. After a violent tribal conflict between different groups, a 16th century chief known as Nunuku-whenua declared that from now on, all violence would be forbidden, because of its destructive impact on such a small community. Disputes from now on would be settled through consensus, or in the worst case, through a duel, that would stop as soon as first blood was drawn. Cannibalism was forbidden and passive resistance to oppression was endorsed. This became known as the Code of Nunuku.
    Now where have you read that Nunuku’s law included that codicil about passive resistance being endorsed. What a major leap that is. Nunuku proclaimed to the combatants, ‘From now and forever, never again let there be war as this day has seen!’ This covenant, known as Nunuku’s Law, was accompanied by Nunuku’s Curse: ‘May your bowels rot the day you disobey’.
    Now I can see how they took that to mean ‘stick to the law boys’ but I am not seeing where Nunuku specifically “at that time” said; “Oh, yes, by the way, I reckon that passive resistance to oppression would be a cool thing.”
    Because overpopulation would lead to violence, the Moriori decided to implement cruel measures to artificially constrain their population. It was not uncommon for them to castrate some of their newborn boys. The birth rate would be constrained as a consequence and the boys would remain docile, growing up to be the hunter-gatherer equivalent of Antifa and social justice bloggers.
    Crikey, I don’t even know where to start with that one. Genital mutilation is practised today around the world in many societies. Is it right? No. It wasn’t strictly about avoiding violence, it was about population control and long-term management of finite resources.
    Living in isolation, the Moriori could sustain their way of life for over 300 years. But then, in the 19th century, the vacuum they had created was suddenly punctured. British people began to land, bringing with them ex-convicts and Maori sailors. The formerly culturally homogeneous Moriori now had to learn to adapt to the presence of different cultures, but greater problems were still ahead of them.
    The growth of the British population on New Zealand’s Northern island had displaced two Maori tribes, the Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga. In 1835 these tribes, numbering about 500 people in total, captured a British ship and its crew and forced it to set sail for the Chatham islands. Some sources seem to claim that the Maori tribes traveled to the Chatham islands, precisely because they knew how passive the Moriori were.
    Wrong! It wasn’t population growth you numpty. Inter-tribal warfare between various Maori tribes had forced Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama out of their traditional lands and down to Wellington where they were licking their wounds and planning their next move.
    Thy did not “capture” a British ship. They chartered it, possibly with the assistance of a little gentle persuasion in the form of a kidnapping and ransom. They also paid in 2.5 tonnes of pork, 41 muskets, 1 canon, two fowling pieces and approx 7 tonnes of potatoes. No. Not forced. The ship, by the way, did 2 trips and landed some 900 warriors to Rekohu (the Chatham Islands). And yes those sources claim that because one of the chiefs had been there earlier and witnessed for himself the piety and lack of aggression from Moriori. He reported it as a land of plenty where the locals are afraid to fight.
    When the Maori landed, the Moriori, who numbered around 2000 people, decided to take care of them. After they figured out that the Maori were not temporary visitors but planned on staying on the islands, the Moriori decided to withdraw to their sacred place. Here the Moriori debated with each other how they should deal with the newcomers. They decided to implement a policy of non-aggression, reportedly against the insistence of the young. The code of Nunuku had to be followed under all circumstances.
    Absolutely, just as Christ knew that he was to be killed and could therefore have conceivably thwarted that, so the elders held fast to their religious beliefs
    The Maori then began to lay claim to the land, wandering through it carrying weapons, without greeting the natives. If the Moriori inquired, they were told that they were now their vassals. Although most narratives don’t lay out a precise time-line, it is clear that the first boatload of Maori killed a twelve year old Moriori girl and hung her flesh from posts. A second ship arrived a few weeks after this event, carrying another 400 Maori.Hundreds of Moriori were murdered and cannibalized, the rest were enslaved. Instead of fighting back, the Moriori hid in holes beneath the ground.
    Ahhhhh, they were being hunted. Hello. Its not like there was an over abundance of sheds to play hide and seek in. We are talking about a primitive environment with very few options when being pursued by angry warriors with guns and clubs and spears. By the way, apparently Maori did not ‘wander through’ the land, both tribes were hurrying to get the good parts of the island before the others did.
    I see you have managed to bypass some of the specifics and atrocities committed by Maori on Moriori. The deliberate mutilation of the living,… “Tikiaokao and others attacked the Waitangi moriori within their radius, killing men, women and children; and laid them all out on the sandy beach of Waitangi, in length over a quarter of a mile.” One Moriori survivor heremaia Tau said “They were laid out touching one another, the parent, the child…. Some of the women with stakes thrust into them were left to die in their misery.” This statement was corroborated by a Maori, one Tama,… nearly all teh Moriori from Waitangi were exterminated.
    Afterwards when the bodies were still, the heads were removed and thrown to the dogs.
    Moriori were forbidden from marrying each other by their Maori overlords and the Moriori women married Maori men. The Maori prohibited the Moriori language, and forced them to desecrate their sacred sites by urinating and defecating on them. Only 101 Moriori out of a population of about 2,000 were left alive by 1862. The last Moriori of unmixed ancestry, Tommy Solomon, died in 1933.
    Uh uh! The last known person of 100% Moriori lineage. There is in fact the possibility that other Moriori may have been alive then as a result of slaves being relocated to Stewart Island, the mainland of New Zealand and as far afield as North America. Whatever the history, Tommy Solomon was and is incorrectly acknowledged as the last of a people.
    Lessons to learn
    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the Moriori did wrong. Had the Moriori been ruthless, they could have sunk the first ship before it landed. Had the Moriori been more balanced, they could have risen up when a 12 year old girl was murdered and hung from a pole. At the time, they were still dealing with a mere 500 invaders, among whom were women and children. Sadly, the Moriori submitted. By the time the second boat arrived, the outcome had been determined.

    No. You have got it wrong. They didn’t submit. They stuck to their principals and religious beliefs. Yes of course they could have sunk as low as the invading Maori, but you are talking about 2 completely different peoples with vastly different values systems and beliefs. “Had the Moriori been more balanced?” What the hell does that mean. They didn’t lean (apart from into the ever-present Sou Westerly) or tip scales. Balanced?
    It’s interesting that children in school are never taught about the Moriori. Instead, they are taught about the sacred trinity of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. We teach our children that they should submit when wronged and these children then grow up to be adults who will only submit when wronged.
    Yes it is criminal that the topic and history of Moriori is not actively part of the curriculum across all New Zealand schools. But children in NZ are not taught about Gandhi, Mandela or King either. They LEARN about peace and forgiveness and values.
    Teaching our kids to submit? No. No we don’t. We don’t teach our kids to submit. We teach them to think and to know what is right and what is wrong. Its the Donald Trump approach that says hit back because that will solve all the world’s problems.
    We could consider it the outgrowth of Christianity, but it seems that Jesus teachings never quite became dominant until the 20th century. Had these teachings become dominant earlier, Christianity would never have grown to be successful. Medieval knights were slapped in the face when knighted, told that these would be the last slaps they could ever accept without having to retaliate.
    Europeans are modern day Moriori. When their continent is invaded by men in boats, they worry about the boats that sink, offer Turkey billions of dollars and decide to take in more invaders through an “air-bridge”. When their children are raped in swimming pools and their women harassed, they do not see an invading force that’s testing the waters, they see people who need to be educated about how to treat women. I’m sure the Moriori assumed the invading tribes could be taught to adapt their pacifist ethos too.
    Im sort of seeing it,….. but not quite. The whole movement of people around the globe does not remind me of the invasion of Rekohu by Maori. The approach by various countries towards refugees is on a humanitarium level, and yes, maybe like the assistance the Moriori gave Maori before they walked the land. But even so, wouldn’t the world be a much better place if everyone were like that? Wouldn’t we end war, persecution, racism and suffering? Surely if everyone did just that,.. welcomed the needy in and gave them shelter and food and warmth, then the darkness in the world would fade away.
    What you are suggesting simply perpetuates the ongoing havoc, death, persecution, hatred and darkness that has pervaded the world in ever increasing volume since the dawn of time.
    Nobody disputes that the Syrians living in refugee camps are unfortunate. The Maori tribes that were displaced by the British were equally unfortunate, but it did not prohibit them from finding someone else to take advantage of. If anything, experiencing misfortune themselves merely seems to have made them more cruel.
    Lets get one thing clear right now. Those tribes that invaded the Chathams were not displaced by British settlers. Total population of New Zealand in 1835 = 80000+/- of which only 2000 were European. The rest were Maori.
    Regardless of what we might have been taught in high school, passive resistance isn’t brave. It’s cowardly. It is an attempt to emotionally manipulate someone who mistreats you, an appeal to pity. For us to abstain from violence when wronged is a sin against nature. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog take care of her pups can see the most important lesson parents teach their children. The mother dog will harass her pups, even hurting them, until the pup strikes back. The pups have to be taught to stand up for themselves.
    Passive resistance in the face of overwhelming adversity is the bravest and sanest recourse and much more effective in the long term. Sheer brute force renders both sides equal and the victor only gets to (re) write the history books until they eventually are surpassed or replaced in power. The pacifist legacy lasts for generations.
    Today an entire continent needs to be taught to stand up for itself. I will be the last to claim that European civilization is free from flaws. We do not castrate our children, we merely psychologically neuter them, by forcing them to sit behind desks and memorize petty facts. Most of our brightest young women don’t wish to have children but continue down the path of factoid memorization in exchange for ever new titles to put behind their name until their ovaries cease to work. Our young men are sucked into a virtual reality world of pornography and video games. And yet, when compared to those who wish to replace us, our flaws don’t outweigh our virtues. The Moriori did not torture people, nor engage in cannibalism. When possible, they sought to resolve disputes through consensus. Sadly, an autistic tendency towards ethical consistency led them to apply their principles even in cases where they were completely impractical. A superior tribe was replaced by inferior ones. Nobody genuinely benefited from this outcome, not even the Maori invaders themselves, it merely lead to an amplification of suffering for everyone.
    With 97percent of all lands on the islands awarded to them by the courts some 30 years later, id say that Maori did very well from their actions?
    Western civilization in spite of its flaws is superior to anything that would seek to replace it. We don’t mutilate our childrens’ genitals. We don’t force young children to marry adult men. We don’t practice incest and polygamy. We don’t kill people by throwing stones at them. We don’t resort to a 1400 year old book written by a pedophile warlord to govern our society. As a result, the whole world looks at us with thinly concealed envy. It would be cruel to allow them to replace us.
    Mutilating childrens genitals? What about the Western predilection with circumcision – simply ensuring that they get 20% off ? Oh there are plenty of horror stories about behaviours in the western world. Actually look around , glance at the history books….. Bosnia, Serbia, Russia……Germany.
    Dont forget to tie the reins when you get off that high horse.
    Look, I appreciate that you have taken the time to do some research (flaws and all) and that you are writing about Moriori, because God knows someone has to, but don’t patronise them or take their position in vain. Those elders knew what was happening but also knew that peace is better than war. If nothing else, THAT will make then endure. These people have been living on the edge of the world for hundreds of years and they will not be erased or stopped by a little adversity.
    Moriori population growth has exploded since the demise of Tommy Solomon (Tame Horomona Rehe)
    In 1932 the Mororiori population was just 1. With his death in 1933 the population bottomed out at zero. In 2013 the population was 945. That is a 945 percent population increase in 80 years
    By comparison, Maori population of NZ circa 1840 was 80,000. In 2013 it was around 599,000. Thats a mere 745 percent increase over the same period.

    Regards
    97.percent

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