By Jasmine Wilborne
I want to know what life was like pre- the Christopher Columbus’-of-the-world.
Why? Because I want to make sure that I am not romanticizing life before the “rise of civilization”.
I probably am….even in a tiny bit. Unfortunately, it is really hard for me to channel what I have been reading and learning about into these blog posts. I want to go into depth, I want to sound right, I want to know what I am talking about. But I really don’t have a firm grasp on the subject.
In essence, my questions are the following:
1. When was poverty made?- The assumption here is that poverty is something that was created and spurred by changes in how the human “economy” functioned and how human relationships operated.
2. How did agriculture over take hunter-gather societies? Where new “farmers” more environmentally friendly than we are today or is agriculture a system that is doomed to fail inherently?
3. At what point in time did the concept of work change?
I’m a huge nerd. Whenever I want to know something, I just read about it. Here are the books I am reading to help me get to the bottom of my questions:
I got this because…well I don’t know much about anthropology.
Seth got me hooked on this book which really examines our current economic system and makes the following deductions: 1. Our current economic system evolved to meet the needs of our society which used to be met within our communities (tribes, bands etc.): food, housing, healing, child-care. 2. While our current system meets our needs, it is broken and human relationships which used to be nurtured and sustained by others personally meeting needs means that our social relationships are dismal- we are a society of strangers. 3. There is a way to combine the intimacy and closeness that our pre-civilization communities used to provide through close human contact and dependency….but I haven’t read the end yet! haha.
And then for fun I’m reading this amazing book (I’ve never really been into “thrillers” before):
So yeah, that is me according to the books I am reading…there are many more but they have kinda fallen to the way side. I want to know the history of where humanity has been so that I can understand where we are now so that I can carefully move forward towards remedying the issues we are having.
Peaces everyone! Read on!