Wednesday, May 24, 2006

ach, time for bed...

No system of government will suffice, for we were never intended to be governed.

We seem to forget that we were tribal grazers and hunters for millions of years from the time we abandoned the arboreal lifestyle; operating in small, tight knit groups that solved their problems from within the group, not without. In the blink of an eye, geologically speaking, we have hoisted an incredibly violent, complex, and demanding world onto our minds. It's no wonder there is so much war, inequality, and insanity in today's world. We stand blinded by our technological achievments to the reality that our minds and bodies did not evolve in the present age, nor did they evolve for it. Once we planted that first row of wheat we set down a path that, 16,000 years later, finds man consuming the entire world. One can only guess how long we have artificially been raising the carrying capacity of the Earth, and how long we can sustain it.

7 comments:

...Kat said...

And so it has always been....POLITICS is a fact of life for any social group of animals which we are...hierarchy, status, shifting alliances, dominance, alphas....the whole shebang, that is a part of our animal heritage.... we have taken it further than any other creature and demanded "more of the pie" than any other and greater and greater slices of it....
Goodall couldn't help but be disappointed when she realized how more and more the lives of her chimps mirrored human society...she had hoped they would be better than we....

...Kat said...

WE ARE A FIRST!

from Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare
by Paul Colinvaux

"About nine thousand years ago people learned to herd game instead of hunting it, and invented agriculture...........Herding and agriculture entailed the adoption of entirely new niches. For the first time an animal had adopted a new niche without speciating. It was the most momentous event in the history of life. It meant that one kind of animal was now able to keep changing its habits in ways that should take the food from others, and it would pay no cost for this in the loss of the old ways__ a cost always paid in changing a niche through speciating. People would take away the resources of other animals one by one, constantly adding those resources to their own niche. it is not intelligence itself that sets humans apart from other animals. People have been intelligent for a hundred thousand years, but lived in their appointed place like the rest of the animals. They obeyed the ecological rules of peaceful coexistence. The crucial thing setting people apart from all other living things is their ability to change their niche at will. It means that they are "Without the Law" as Kipling would have said. People knock out the other species as they make their changes. We first acquired this power only nine thousand years ago. Yet, when people made this momentous change, they did not escape all the restrictions of their ancient niche. People were adapted to the life of the wandering ice-age foragers by physique, by temperament, and through many subtle desires and patterns of behavior. These things remained and do so today."

DJAthens said...

Well put Kat! Politics was always there, just administered within the tribe, instead of some unknown group thousands of miles away telling me what I can and cannot do in the provacy of my own home.

...Kat said...

Yep DJ Violent Complex Demanding.... and always always always so.

There has never never never been a Garden of Eden .... unless, in considering all other forms of life other that the entire line of Homo, in considering their point of view (were they to have one), the time before Homo was Eden in that Evolution and Ecology held complete authority however complex demanding violent their dictates are! which Indeed They Are from any point of view!

...Kat said...

I am curious why Ayn Rand is such an ANATHEMA to you

for she advocated "Enlightened Self-Interest"

and believed that a proper man in society
(as she characterized her heroes/heroines)
as one who would neither rule or be ruled.....

and that the USA as originally constituated has come the closest to achieving a government dedicated to the dignity, freedom and worth of the Individual....

that people destroy that original vision throughout
the history of our country is but a demonstration that people are flawed and can corrupt the best of systems

our Founding Fathers thought a revolution every so often would not be a bad thing.... and perhaps a revolution in attitude and action is necessary to get back to the original values of this country.... to a vision even more complete and far reaching than even our Fathers could see...take what they started to the limits

...Kat said...

lol we live in big tribes now baby

...Kat said...

and come to think of it...Evolution and Ecology will have the last word...perhaps even Man's own epitaph...so sayeth Mother Nature