Guns, Germs & Steel – The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
I am about 2/3rds of the way thru this book and am totally fascinated by Mr. Diamonds extensive review of the whole of human history.
The mere fact that we have been evolving our bodies and minds for the last 7 MILLION Years just blows my mind….We didn’t actually become Homo Sapiens until about 100,000 years ago….but even still…the shear time it took to evolve our species is just mind blowing.
As I tell my yoga students–have some gratitude for the wonderful “machine” your body is..it has taken over 7 million years to create!
Then he continues onto how we developed into the “civilized” world, by focusing on our social structures, our language creation followed thousands of years later by writing, how food production was THE major turning point in our development and most importantly how geography has determined the spread of the both humans and technology.
This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the development of our species and civilization. Understanding the how and why really helps in creating hope for the future….no matter what is happening in the world either globally or personally–this book really helps put it all in perspective–by showing us the big picture of humankind….
We are part of a much larger scene….the development of the human race….keeping that in mind, the question to ask ourselves is: “What part do I play in the continuing evolution of the human race?” Everything little thing we do ripples out and effects the entire world, in some way shape or form….we have free will–we can contribute in anyway we choose.
I choose peace, love and relaxation thru physical experience and expression.
I am looking forward to the last section of the book and will keep you posted!