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From Human to Machine; Manufactured Drudgery, No. 67

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Did humanity fare well as large nations developed? Prosperity in flourishing cities does have a downside. Wants and needs lead to large-scale production and that leads to poverty and drudgery for at least a quarter of the population. The desire for more turned humans into machines; a mind numbing experience of toil for very little in return! The twenties century bought an influx of manufacturing to the world. The human spirit and any creativity lost to repetitive task.
The industrial revolution ushered in a new era of slaves. The cost of new products and inventions bought long hours, poor health, workplace accidents, physical exhaustion, and early deaths. The industry took the young and accelerated aging. Mental health was at an all-time low because people are not machines; they are equipped for variation, not production lines. Parents wanted a better future for their children, as daily struggles to feed families were difficult. Who is to blame; the business people who owned the factor…

Transformative Experiences, No. 66

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Only extreme circumstances trigger drastic change. The steady flow of life is suddenly interrupted. The mind becomes numb and time is needed for the adjustment. Daily life becomes something else that cannot be defined as days turn into weeks. The shock and denial shifts to the frustration and unfairness of the situation. Self-talk eventually exposes the unavoidable new reality as the mind searches for solutions. The experience rewires the brain to cope with the stress of new challenges.
In past human history life was in constant change as tribal groups migrated. Hunter gathering meant the mind was instinctive, alert and in tune with the natural world. Dwellings in village settings may have been dismantled to follow seasonal foods. Eventually life became more settled and people enjoyed their fixed locations, but if survival was difficult and no work could be found, the moving continued. These were the times of the multi-skilled humans, just being good at one thing wasn’t always enough t…

Uncertainty in a Global Pandemic, No.65

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Lurking, replicating, spreading; that is the insidious power of a global pandemic. At first its only rumours, then verification, that is when fear settles in the hearts of all nations. Measures put in place only have meagre defences for countries unprepared. Large cities and small villages cannot escape while travel and movement are part of daily life. Isolation is crucial to limiting any virus or influenza epidemic though some feel untouchable and continue to mix within society. Education, science and hygiene puts the modern world is a far better place than those of the ancient history or the middle ages, yet disease can still flourish. Ignorance, wether purposeful or oblivious, is the main conduit for disease.
The ancestors were aware they needed to isolate to some degree or they were locked in their houses by officials. A red or black cross was painted on the doors of the sick as a warning and to ‘pray for mercy.’ Horrendous diseases like Bubonic Plague meant people would try to get…

The Divide Between People and Personal Principles, No. 64

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Humanity as a whole is fraught with conflict because the personal beliefs of one are not accepted by others. Individuals are influence by their lives so far; culture, education and experience impact their views. This is not new, but how far will people go to be free of oppositional people? Relationships hit difficult ground when opinions are divided. Though many things can be worked out, strong beliefs can separate individuals. The divide between personal principles and oppositional people might be a choice or a driving necessity.
Aggressive self-centred behaviour is part of the human condition; the training to lessen that begins when we are children. Though this is part of human nature subduing it means we can take part in society. Nowhere in human history are people shown as gentle loving beings devoid of conflict. Dominance, arrogance and greed only lead to separation and misery. Are communication skills failing our species? Can better language fix these problems or do our underlyi…

The Rise and Fall of Civilisations, No. 63

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The human story is full of light and creativity, though against a backdrop of greed and arrogance. Human emotional ecology is fraught with conflicting ideas that do not find equal balance. With evidence of so many ancient towns and civilisations collapsing due to poor decision making, how do we look upon our current world? Historical study could be the weapon that counters modern problems and brings a stable foundation. Civilisations are in cycles of growth and collapse because people forget; knowledge is not always passed on. Information is readily available, but people are time poor. History is not a top priority unless something interesting has your attention; future planning is not that popular either, people find it hard to look that far ahead. History repeats for this reason.
People are surprised when they first hear of unimaginable acts and decimation of land and species in a historical context. The archaeological record is full of information that we find baffling until we fin…