We understand how our civilised lifestyle is based on the idea of food production. We also understand how this leads to pyramidical hierarchies and exponential population growth. But why did we develop this lifestyle at all and why did we stick to it up to a point where we could go extinct because of it? Continue reading One Right Way
In order to talk about hierarchies, we first need to define what a hierarchy actually is.
A hierarchy is the structure in which a group of individuals is organized based on dominant and submissive behaviour amongst each other. Thus hierarchies are used to decide about the distribution of resources within the group, the right to procreate and the behaviour towards other groups. Continue reading Wolfpacks, Families, Tribes and Nations – Different Hierarchies, Different Implications
Imagine you were sitting in a very fast car on a straight road. You can’t see it yet, but there is a wall at the end of it. Would you speed up? As long as the road is empty and straight, maybe you would. After all, you have plenty of fuel, and if pushing it brings you faster to wherever you think the journey is going, why not? But what if you finally see that wall? Would you trust that your vehicle is strong enough to break through? Maybe if you push it a little more? Can you know how strong that wall is? What if it’s not a wall but a rock surface? How do you know? Do you trust that, once you are close enough to tell if its paper, concrete or rock, your car’s brakes will still be able to bring you to a stop before you crash into it?
So here we are. Self-sufficient, we think. Everything we need, we produce ourselves. Food, building materials, medicine, machines for travelling, clothes, fuel, energy. If we believe in our TVs and newspapers, we have all of those in abundance. Continue reading How Agriculture Created the First Pyramid