The End of the World Is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Peter Zeihan
- Language: English
- Genre: Government Management
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The End of an Era
How the Beginning Began
In the beginning we were wanderers.
We didn’t wander because we were trying to find ourselves; we
wandered because we were HONGRY. We wandered with the seasons to
places with more abundant roots, nuts, and berries. We wandered up and
down elevation bands to forage for different plants.
We followed the animal
migrations because that’s where the steaks were. What passed for shelter
was what you could find when you needed it. Typically, we would not stay
in the same place for more than a few weeks because we’d forage and hunt
the yard to nothing in no time. Our stomachs would force us to start
The limitations of it all were pretty, well, limiting. The only power
source an unaided human has are muscles, first our own and later that of the
handful of animals that we could tame. Starvation, disease, and injury were
common and had the unfortunately high likelihood of proving lethal. And
any provided-by-nature root or rabbit that you ate was one that someone
else would not be eating. So, sure, we lived in “harmony with nature” . . .
which is another way of saying we tended to beat the crap out of our
neighbors whenever we saw them.
Odds are, whoever won the fight ate the loser.
Pretty exciting, eh?
Then, one miraculous day, we started something new and wondrous that
made life less violent and less precarious and our world fundamentally
We started gardening in our poo.
THE SEDENTARY FARMING REVOLUTION
Human poo is an odd thing. Since humans are omnivores, their poo boasts
among the densest concentrations of nutrients in the natural world. Since
humans know where their poo gets, er, deposited . . . let’s call it
“inventorying” and “securing fresh supplies” was a simple process.*
Human poo proved to be one of the best fertilizer and growth mediums
not just in the pre-civilized world, but right up until the mass introduction
of chemical fertilizers in the mid-nineteenth century—and in some parts of
the world, even today.
Managing poo introduced us to some of our first
class-based distinctions. After all, no one really wanted to gather and
inventory and distribute and . . . apply the stuff. It is part of why India’s
Untouchables were/are so . . . untouchable—they did the messy work of
collecting and distributing “night soil.”*
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