As to the worth of the man’s life and his work, much has been said. I admittedly am in no position to comment on its veracity or hold. But can indeed can say one thing with supreme confidence, that “the way” has been glimpsed with absolute certainty and assuredness only by a handful. The list is as far as it gets from those twisters and marauders of the simple truths. Yes, I refer to the numerous torch bearers of philosophy, who in the name of enlightenment have proposed little but wholly inadequate interpretations of their times and lives.
Then there were men like Claude Levi-Strauss, who through the prism of their science filtered the obscure, abstruse frequencies of human thought to present a deteriorating vision of the future of human existence. The truths of which we in our modern times are hapless witnesses to.
In the opening elegiac chapters of Tristes Tropiques he laments about how with each step we take; apparently forward, there is something pristine and pure which the human race loses. The stakes are the highest for those who abuse the resources of their mind and our planet, the least. The book was published in 1955, written even earlier. That was then, yet the man was looking beyond at the fruit our needless misadventures would bear us.
In the book “The Savage Mind” he amply demonstrates the existence of a science vis-à-vis the savages, that exists on a plane orthogonal to ours and yet just as structured and well placed. What can we learn from it? Can our own science harness the integrity it possesses with its creator and his environment? That is the vital ingredient of a non-exploitative study of nature. As to why that is necessary I needn't say more than what is already being seen on daily news.