Hunter-Gatherer

hoo-ray for the week­end. alas for the demise of hunter-gath­er­ers. if i were a no­madic hunter gath­er­er from one thou­sand years ago i would on­ly have to work about two hours a day to sup­ply my­self with every­thing need­ed for sur­vival. this is doc­u­ment­ed. (best i could find giv­en 5 mins search­ing.) the risks of de­vel­op­ing a de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease would be great­ly de­creased and my over­all nu­tri­tion­al con­tent would be bet­ter al­though i would have less pro­tein in­take than what the USRDA rec­om­mends. Nuts and berries are good for you folks. but be­fore you go gal­li­vant­i­ng off to be­come a !Kung re­mem­ber that the rea­son we switched over from hunter/​gatherer to swid­den agri­cul­ture was an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion that could on­ly be sup­port­ed by cul­ti­va­tion and do­mes­ti­ca­tion. it takes a lot of acreage to pro­vide for even one per­son and lifes­pan is sig­nif­i­cant­ly short­er and the birth rate low­er among hunter-gath­er­er so­ci­eties.

all this DOES re­late back to the week­end. back in the day the week­end wasn’t much dif­fer­ent than week­days. in fact if you got all of the work done in the morn­ing, the af­ter­noon was pret­ty much equiv­a­lent to the week­end. be­com­ing seden­tary changed that be­cause it takes more work to pro­vide for more peo­ple. even­tu­al­ly through the evo­lu­tion of so­ci­ety we have come to have the con­cept of the week­end as our time to re­cu­per­ate from 5 days of work (sad­ly this too is start­ing to dis­ap­pear). The week­end is the car­rot dan­gling be­fore our nose. Glory be to the Protestant work eth­ic of Americans, which cap­i­tal­ism has uti­lized to its ben­e­fit. That is why I want to move to Europe where they take things easy for sev­er­al months a year. Sure the stan­dard of liv­ing isn’t as great as it is here, but i’m sure they don’t have as many ul­cers as we do ei­ther. i don’t re­quire a high stan­dard of liv­ing any­way.