Sapiens

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“There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside the common imagination of human beings.”

Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, Sapiens have thus been living in a dual reality. On the one hand, the objective reality of rivers, trees and lions; and on the other hand, the imagined reality of gods, nations and corporations. As time went by, the imagined reality became ever more powerful, so that today the very survival of rivers, trees and lions depends on the grace of imagined entities such as the United States and Google.

-“Sapiens”, Yuval Noah Harari

It is strange to consider that I spend eight hours a day producing essentially epheramera that exists only on a screen, that is sometimes not even used (I caption phone calls, some people obviousy don’t use them or seem to have a great need for them), and somehow through a complicated system of what are essentially lies, I get rewarded with paper that isn’t backed by anything, and can cook up some chicken in my own small but much cherished living space.

I believe the wonderful desertcurmudgen recommended this book to me a long time ago, and this book is an important and strangely uplifting account of the history of humanity.

So much in our world just is not based in objective reality, and our species has spent most of its time destroying itself over literal nonsense. Sounds like a rough ride, but this book flits around happily from our origins, to our belief systems.

 

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