I am studying "A Brief History of Humankind" at Hebrew University of Jerusalem via Coursera, interesting to learnt from Dr. Yuval Noah Harari that ancient humans million years ago ate bone marrow. Why? Imagine you see a lion take down a big giraffe. Although very tempting to try and eat giraffe steak, but you don''t want to go anywhere near a hungry lion. So human come and eat whatever is the lion has left. Only about 400,000 years ago, several species of humans like neanderthals began to hunt large animals on a regular basis. And only in the last hundred thousand years, with the rise of our species, Homo sapiens, only then, in the last hundred thousand years, did humans jump from the middle to the top of the food chain and became top predators of planet Earth. This spectacular leap from the middle to the top of the food chain had enormous consequences. Not only in what people could eat and do, but also psychologically and socially.
Many historical clamaties, many things about the way that humans behave towards others and toward the environment. From the deadly wars between humans to the ways that people treat the ecosystem around them. Many of these things result from this over-hasty jump. That we now fill a position in the ecosystem which is completely different from the position of our ancestors until a very short time ago. And we are just not used to it, and not well adapted to it.
We often hear that we individual consumer has power in our hand to shape the world we want - a more sustainable one. So we do all these nice little things to be a responsible consumer to feel good, to play our part. But is that really enough? Is what we are doing really helping?The question as always is, if the economy and mindset that drives it (the industrial growth economy), is itself the problem, then what do we do. If our ''sustainability actions'' are more or less inconsequential (that''s an interesting conversation, because they are and are not), then what do we do...? The answer as always is, if we''re not clear, then more conversation and inquiry is needed. When we understand, understanding shines through behavior. What that behavior would like like, how it would act is immaterial. That behavior/action would align with understanding and values is all that''s really important to know. Join the conversation
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