Unfortunately, to most students, history is taught as a series of dates, events and names to be remembered. Political ramifications at that historical time is barely realized, the social, economic and other interactions are ignored. So the student, very rarely develop any appreciation of temporal parallelism between his/her time and the past. Events repeat themselves without any active intervention or refinement, actually many students mature into persons who can only see the status quo as the raison d’être. To have a vision of an alternate state is heresy, an existential calamity, only the hoped for life after their death might provide any release.
As far as is necessary for the propagation and understanding of our ideas and objectives discussed here, on site and in the Book “Inequality”, we will give some expansions of history for clarity purposes. We cannot do this for all of history as that is not our purpose.
Our history on the earth is relatively short and comparatively short too when compared to other life forms that we share the earth with. The timeline illustrates this –
The image to the left provides a sense of our existence in the relative time ordering of things. Note particularly, that our appearance as Homo sapiens (human wise ?) was only 300,000 years ago. Preceded by Homo erectus (upright walking) and Homo habilis (the tool maker). Taking the generational turnover of ~25 yrs as a standard, then that would be just 12,000 generations. When we use the development of agriculture, 8,000 yrs then we are looking at only ~ 320 generations. This would have marked the transition from ‘Hunter – Gatherer’ Society to a stable non – nomadic society: Even perhaps, the beginning of civic society.
It has already been established, from empirical observations that we evolved, living in groups. The question that must be asked about these collective groups, is why do we live in group? The answer is addressed in the Inequality Book and in lesser detail in an additional page. See Listing below. This early history of man is perhaps more anthropological than historical but will be kept within this category for convenience.
The importance here is the appreciation of how the group grows from ‘a’, or several, families into clans, tribes, villages, city states, nation states, etc. It is also important to appreciate the evolution of organizational specialization within these groups, the questions of sovereignty, power and resource distribution.
Links to pages in this category are provided below.
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