Getting Social Heirarchy Correct

Okay – quick history lesson.

In order for civilization to rise, an adequate and dependable supply of food is needed.

Once we learned how to successfully feed ourselves while staying in one place, we had the motivation to build more permanent structures.  Once we got really good at it, we found ways for those who didn’t really want to farm, hunt or harvest the chance to pursue other activities – philosophy, writing, the arts, music, theology, etc., etc.

Ahhh….this is grand.    We are so prosperous, we don’t all have to earn our keep by providing food for ourselves and the tribe.  We can now concentrate on other activities.

And the moment we hit that level of prosperity, a funny thing happens.

Those who feed the tribe lose status.

The laborers and farmers go straight to the bottom of the heap.

Those who have had plenty of free time to spend their days thinking about where we come from, what our purpose is and how we should live in order to fulfill that purpose rise to the top.   They become the leaders along with those who think it is their job to oversee the distribution of the labor of a few.

If you don’t believe me, read about any civilization, including our own.

So if you are not a food producer, please take steps to do your part in honoring and providing for those who toil  that you may live and not spend your days with dirt under your nails.

If you are a food producer, thanks for feeding me, so I can sit on my arse and write about history and the lessons we shouldn’t forget.