History of our own
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
- p 165
I will give you some interesting examples from the book. The author of the book Yuval Harari is amazing at presenting our history with a very unique aspect.
Did you know that a human brain accounts for about 2-3 percent of total body weight but consumes 25 percent of the body's entire energy? Have you ever questioned whether we domesticated wheat or wheat domesticated us? He says that wheat actually domesticated us when it transformed our predecessors into plowing machines for most of our history. In that sense, it is not us who domesticated wheat, but it is wheat that domesticated us by limiting our range of activity, and that limitation led us to start a group living— which became a town and, later, a city.
When we think of history, we generally think of great kings of England or founding fathers of America fighting for freedom. When someone tells you to imagine if you are in 15th century England, you would imagine yourself beside a king Henry the fifth or Isabella the first, but actually "history is something very few people have been doing while everyone else was plowing fields and carrying water buckets." So you wouldn’t be next to those historical figures; frankly, you would be working on the field.
The biggest irony of modern history is how rich people's behavior has changed over time. "In medieval Europe, aristocrats spent their money carelessly on extravagant luxuries, whereas peasants lived frugally, minding every penny. Today, the tables have turned. The rich take great care managing their assets and investments, while the less wealthy go into debt buying cars and televisions they don't need. “
If you want to have a realistic and unique viewpoint regarding our history, you won't regret reading this book. The fresh set of eyes that the author provides will change your way of thinking forever.
Watch his TED talk to learn a little bit more about the way he assesses human history.