Besides malnutrition, starvation, and epidemic diseases, farming helped bring another curse upon humanity: deep class divisions. Hunter-gatherers have little or no stored food, and no concentrated food sources, like an orchard or a herd of cows: they live off the wild plants and animals they obtain each day. Therefore, there can be no kings, no class of social parasites who grow fat on food seized from others. Only in a farming population could a healthy, non-producing elite set itself above the disease-ridden masses. Skeletons from Greek tombs at Mycenae c. 1500 B. C. suggest that royals enjoyed a better diet than commoners, since the royal skeletons were two or three inches taller and had better teeth (on the average, one instead of six cavities or missing teeth). Among Chilean mummies from c. A. D. 1000, the elite were distinguished not only by ornaments and gold hair clips but also by a fourfold lower rate of bone lesions caused by disease.
Similar contrasts in nutrition and health persist on a global scale today. To people in rich countries like the U. S., it sounds ridiculous to extol the virtues of hunting and gathering. But Americans are an elite, dependent on oil and minerals that must often be imported from countries with poorer health and nutrition. If one could choose between being a peasant farmer in Ethiopia or a bushman gatherer in the Kalahari, which do you think would be the better choice?
This is fucking with my mind.
People used to hunt and gather what was there. What nature gave them.
When we shifted to agriculture, we had security. We also needed more working hands.
So we became more.
And suddenly, quality was substituted by quantity.
Today, we’re trying to streamline our lives. We are trying to go back to the quality thing.
It’s happening to products, it’s happening to our lifestyle.
We can see that what we have now is not making us happy (unless we are part of the elite).
So many people have the idea of going on a lonely island to try and live by nature today.
Maybe it’s a naturally inclined emotion.