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04 October, 2012

A Forgetting

It seems strange to me that I would be sharing a quote with all of you that was spoken by a guy who makes TV comedy for a living (some of it pretty low-brow stuff), but this was just too profound not to pass-on.  I have to say, I agree with his assessment, for the most part.  Where we differ is that I believe war and violence have always been a part of us; it was nothing new by the time the hunter-gatherer lifestyle gave way to organized agriculture and the rise of cities and nation-states.  I am sure that it did take on a much larger scale as society grew, however.  Anyway, here's the quote:

"From what little I know of prehistory, man roamed the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years in small tribes -- probably no more than two hundred people per group. During this time all wisdom was passed along according to the oral tradition. Everything you needed to know in order to succeed as a human being was told and/or shown to you, whether it be how to find a girl, find a guy, have sex, have a baby, find food, raise children, deal with family, argue with neighbors, care for the sick, elderly and dead, fight, work, sing, dance, play and get really loaded in order to hookup with the universe. (Side note: I've always loved the term "prehistory," which arrogantly implies that prior to the emergence of our culture, nothing happened.) Anyway, this state of affairs lasted for a long, long time. It was relatively stable. Peace on Earth, if you will. Then, with the advent of large-scale agriculture and the need for ever larger swathes of land to accommodate it, the tribal system collapsed and people began to live huddled together in towns, villages and cities. In short order, the priceless wisdom that taught us who we were and how we could live a happy life was forever lost to mankind. Which brings us to today. I don't believe that we became a neurotic and self-destructive species because we're born in sin, or otherwise flawed. I believe our fall from grace was simply a forgetting." -- Chuck Lorre

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