If you think about it, our beautiful brick houses are only mud huts: elaborate mud huts, but still mud huts made out of bricks of clay, hardened and put together by a specialist on a kind of ‘production line’.
The main difference between our brick houses and the mud huts of so called ‘primitive people’ is that if ours collapsed in a hurricane, we would not be able to rebuild them, we would lack access to materials and we would not have the knowledge and experience to just make a lot of clay bricks, dry them in the sun or in a fire, and lay them out in rows to build a new hut or house. We would go to pieces, out of our minds with horror, and run around in a panic until someone came along and found us temporary accommodation until the team of specialists, the builders could put right what was totally beyond us, while the primitive people quietly got on with building a new mud hut.
So in what sense are these people primitive?
And in what sense are we not?