Re: origin of ideas, civilization, reading list

From: Loree Thomas (
Date: Sun Aug 05 2001 - 17:01:42 MDT

--- wrote:
> I'm no longer certain that people have "better"
> lives today than they did in
> prehistoric times. We are not biologically adapted
> to the worry-prone,
> insecure, estranged lives that are part and parcel
> of American society today.
> Chronic stress, anorexia, depression, obesity--these
> are a few maladies that
> are likely much more prevalent today than in
> prehistoric times. Maybe the
> anarchists are onto something.

I suppose we have to define what makes one type of
life "better", but part of my definition is living
long enough in a safe enough environment that those
maladies you mention become significant... rather than
simply subsumed in a continuous (and short) struggle
for day to day existence.

One measure of "better" is lifespans.


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