What can we learn from ancient hunter-gatherer lifestyles?

Farming, industry & internet are recent phenomena in Big History. Perhaps our genes, bodies & minds are still governed by how we evolved & lived in those ancient times. Can we borrow a few ideas?

The dangers of reconstructing the past cannot be overstated, but let’s try…

1. HGs hunted for food, or became food. No physical exertion, no food.

2. They possibly went hungry often. Periodic feast and fast.

3. They lived in small tribes…intimately knew and supported each other.

4. They had few material possessions.

5. They lived off and amidst nature.

6. They had no concept of work. Possibly had much leisure

Romancing the misty past is not useful. But we could experiment with a few habits.

No run, no food.

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If you observe, and learn

You are growing up

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If you learn, and change your opinions

You are a man of the world

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If your opinions dictate your actions

You are a slave

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If your actions direct your thinking

You are ignorant

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If your thinking improves your life

You are smart

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If your life is tranquil

You are wise

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If you are wise

You will observe, and learn

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What a sorry state, how tragic

What a wretched life, how comic

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What fun, what frolic

What pleasure, what magic

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What’s good, what’s bad

How complex, how mad

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Now frail, now pale

How weak, how bleak

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What life, what death

How primal, how dismal

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How to live, how to die

How, what, how, why

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Another life, more strife?

Another death, afterlife?

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Learn, know, release

Peace, peace, peace

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