Why Agriculture Was A Mistake And What To Do About It

  1. I disagree with you about agriculture. Millions of people would starve if it were to suddenly stop right now for a longer period of time.

    Although I do agree with you on everything that’s wrong with the modern world, i’m very skeptical about the whole hunter-gatherer thing and mainstream interpretations of ancient history, civilization and etc.

    The evolutionary notion that we came from micro organisms through monkeys into people is just ridiculous. Very little hard proof exists for Darwin’s outlandish claims. Considering knowledge of ancient history is not mainstream, sources of ancients are dismissed as fiction or fantasy, and that many relics, artefacts and etc. are difficult to access, I have the feeling that the truth about our origins and early history is far more disturbing and interesting than we know. I honestly believe that ‘known civilization’ is just a massive dark age with a few hundred years in West Europe being a small part of it. Yuval Noah Hrari’s Sapiens and Homos Deux are interesting pieces, but incredibly deceptive and biased in their interpretation of the world.

    Not that this pondering will do much to change my quality of life though.

    A bit off topic but:

    Digital nomads and etc. are mostly wage slaves and backpackers living paycheck to paycheck through freelancing, small savings sums and other gimmicky things while travelling. They basically have an expiry date on their ‘free’ lifestyle determined by their country of choice’s expenses, relative currency strength and visa rules. Making the leap to another country is only worth it when you have at least a few thousand coming in monthly (from your own business) with at least more than 20k in savings excluding the flight costs. Travelling and freelancing are good in small doses when you’re young, but having something more stable when you are older both in income sources and basing your life around only a few countries at most, is vital.

  2. I don’t think it was the farming that did us in… it was the money. Money wasn’t really even needed or used within the small 50-300 person hunter-gatherer tribes. Back then, people just had different skill sets, worked together, and remembered who had done favors for them. Money and barter was only really used between the tribes (ie unknown strangers).

    When agriculture enabled much more free time for everyone and allowed much larger groups and societies to exist, then money entered the picture. It had to, since most people were now doing business daily with relative strangers. Money meant taxes, rich/poor gap, insurances, litigation, banking, credit and debt, government services, etc etc etc which we loathe today.

    Good article to get ppl thinking, man. I would say that agriculture itself is not the evil though. If anything, farming gave us much more free time to think and grow (which can be very good or very bad – depending on one’s mindset and inner strength).

  3. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle is sustainable only for small groups (of several dozen people at most). The most technologically advanced group of hunter-gatherers we know of were the Eskimo tribes of north america -the clothes and canoes and weapons they construct from whales guts and bones are amazing, yet, this is not a civilization.
    The ancient civilization we know of in the middle-east and south-america developed only after the agriculture revolution was able to sustain groups of many thousands of people, so that some of them would not have to work, and would be able to generate and accumulate and pass on knowledge.
    In modern economy, only about 2% of the workers are needed for food production, yet, their work is essential

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