Montaigne – Of Cannibals

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The inhabitants were labeled barbarians and cannibals, based on their customs. Montaigne however does not believe this to be the case. By being closer to nature, he says, these societies are in fact the better. “The laws of nature still rule them, very little corrupted by ours; and they are in such a state of purity that I am sometimes vexed that they were unknown earlier, in the days when there were men able to judge them better than we,” (pg...
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153). By being close to nature and the earth, according to Montaigne, this society can exist in its basic form. Free from the trials of possession, greed, and materialism that inundates a complex society. Montaigne goes further by describing the customs of these people. The men have two purposes in life, to gain valor and to love their women...
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