Thursday, December 6, 2012

words that begin with ex- exterminate

Another EX- word today! Let's take a look at this - rather sad -word:

EXTERMINATE

This one should sound familiar... The Polish language translates it as wytępić, zniszczyć, wykorzenić... In English we could define this word as to eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, destroy... 

I have a question to you... What do you associate the year 1492 with? Is your answer: With the discovery of America by Columbus? Well, you're right... However, there are people who associate this day with the beginning of extermination... Who are they? Native Americans for whom the world after 1492 was never the same...

Because of the extermination of Native Americans many indigenous tribes seized to exist. On Columbus's return to America the Taino population of the Caribbean was slain within the period of three years. And we're not talking here about hundreds or thousands of people... but about five million innocent people who were refused their right to the land they had always lived on... White man... sounds so proud, doesn't it?

Columbus is considered a hero to many, but should he be indeed? The history of the Columbian era knows of lots of horrid cruelties that happened to those indigenous people in America. Massive hangings, cutting children into pieces and then using them as dog food are just a few examples... 

I don't want to go on about this for too long. I just wanted to use this short reflection of mine to illustrate the word extermination. But at the same time it's really worth thinking of how many cases of extermination the world has experienced so far in both Americas, Antipodes, France, German South - West Africa, Ireland (War of the Three Kingdoms), Philippines, Qing Empire, Russian Empire, Ottoman Empire, Soviet Union, Germany and occupied Europe (Poland), Croatia, massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, etc...

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • This category contains songs about the extermination of indigenous peoples, particularly during the period of European colonialism and expansionism.
  • The Holocaust, which involved the extermination of millions of Jews.
  • In 1889, William T. Hornady, Superintendent of the National Zoological Park, wrote a detailed report of what he termed the "extermination" of the species.
  • Why did God command the extermination of the Canaanites, women and children included?
  • The official Nazi term for the extermination of Jews during their occupation of Poland was the euphemistic phrase Endlösung der Judenfrage.                  
My question to you:
Why do people kill other people?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

2 comments:

  1. Although there are many possible answers for your questions (e.g. Howard Webb would say: for money!- joke ;), I can give you one. I think that nowadays many people believe that they can control other people's life and decide who can live and who can't... Sad but true...

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    1. Well, sand indeed. The devil is playing around, isn't it?

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