You had me up to this point. This view of the lives of Pre-Colombian native peoples is patronizing and ahistorical. They weren’t all living some pastoral, Edenic existence; they had cultures as rich and varied (and occasionally as fucked up) as any other group of humans. I know you’re making a point about whether we’ve benefitted as much from supposed progress as we might think. Please don’t minimize the fullness and variety of native people’s history to do it.