This author Robert Heilbroner and the other experts he has researched have an interesting way of looking at the Future from the Distant Past’s perspective. One of these oddities was how the Distant Past’s inhabitants looked to the Future; namely an afterlife theory. The two examples that are remarkable was a prehistoric 50,000-year-old burial site with food and provisions prepared for the afterlife. And the second was a 25,000-year-old clay pot with a body encased inside depicting a rebirth after death (wall art drawings). With these two examples, we can say the Distant Past did have a vision for the future but just an idea of an afterlife, and not one for the continuation of man into the future.
In this section of the book, early man is described as not just surviving but thriving! Ancient men were considered hunters and gatherers. Through our own warped perception, those hunting & gathering activities could be viewed in a negative, poor, or harsh living conditions. When in the timelines actuality, the acts of hunting and gathering were considered an affluent skill. Some groups, such as the Kalahari in Southern Africa still depend on these skill sets to this very day.
Hunting did have some issues with sustainability, such as running out of food or food going bad. This led to the development of agriculture as a means to subsidize current food sources and for it to last longer than meat and fruit. Hunters and gatherers started grouping together and shared the kill of the day. At this point in our timeline, each person had an equal economic arrangement amongst themselves. People formed groups, and smaller groups gathered into larger groups which lead to Agriculture Settlements. Allegiances started to prevail in the group, and they began to defend a designated area and water source to support agriculture. Larger groups made it possible to defend larger territories. As groups grew, they needed more land to sustain the masses which lead to military attack and conquests over nearby rural farmland. These conquests made the defeated group dependent on those people who overtook them resulting in a caste system. Poverty did not exist in prehistoric times, but with the rise of civilizations, it showed inequalities as a natural aspect in the order of things to come. The Distant Past had no Future Vision because “no such transformative energy was available throughout the Distant Past because the social dynamics needed to instill it had not yet come into being.”
And yes, in one of our future blogs, we’ll discuss the timeline period of Yesterday!
Talk about isolated peoples – can you believe this many tribes still exist? Click the photo to learn about 10 isolated tribes and this short six minute video.
Quote – Visions of the Future by Robert Heilbroner 1995
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