Category Archives: Civilisation

God spaketh, but why? Part 9: Domestication

In the last post, I ended by suggesting that with self-awareness and an understanding of one’s own mortality, must come an understanding that what we eat was also alive once, before we killed it. At some point, some of us … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | Leave a comment

God spaketh, but why? Part 8: Before fear

Is life supposed to be hard? Watch any wildlife programme based in a harsh environment, and the answer is ‘yes’. Watch animals in a rich habitat and they may enjoy many a contented day, but sooner or later a predator … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | 1 Comment

God spaketh, but why? Part 7: Voice

After a mid-winter break to look at some of the ways we can generate different ‘truths’, let’s return to the issue of why humans, as a species, no longer live in harmony with nature. Some humans live in perfect balance … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | Leave a comment

God spaketh, but why? Part 6: Language

This series attempts to gather thoughts around the change in human behaviour which led us to dominate nature rather than live in balance with it. I have referred to Sapiens: a brief history of humankind written by Israeli historian, Yuval … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | 2 Comments

God spaketh, but why? Part 5: Fire

We started this series by looking at differing human values and asked why our relatively recent, and overwhelmingly dominant, cultural narrative no longer pays heed to the fact that the environment sustains each and every one of us: all species, … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | Leave a comment

God spaketh, but why? Part 4: All humans

I have set myself a challenge to post once a week for 5 months on where it all went wrong, on why humanity is decimating the environment and not even bothering to share the loot fairly. We all live by … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | 2 Comments

God spaketh, but why? Part 3: Tough times

“I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues”. So begins Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by … Continue reading

Posted in Civilisation | Tagged | Leave a comment