How Good Food and Strong Social Ties Will Save Society

by Joe Jarvis, thedailybell.com:

 

Good food plus interesting people is a recipe for happiness.

As humans evolved, we lived in tight knit self-sufficient communities. Nomadic hunter gatherers spent their time foraging, hunting, eating, and playing together.

It’s tempting to romanticize those days, but they came with some pretty harsh realities. As stressful and lonely as the modern world can be, countless technological benefits have made our lives longer and healthier.

Yet automation and technology have become an end in themselves, rather than a means to live a better life. It is at this juncture that society would do well to examine where we came from, and where we are.

There is no reason we can’t meld the philosophies of our ancestors and our modern world. We can keep the prosperity and reconnect with our roots.

Bad food and social isolation are actually quite related to the industrial age. One of the saddest images I can conjure is someone eating a microwave dinner in front of the tv alone.

Humans evolved mostly foraging and hunting as groups. Strong social ties were inextricable from reaping the most necessary resources.

Forager’s Diet

We don’t need to go back to loin cloths and straw huts to enjoy what our ancestors enjoyed.

But we could take a few pages out of their book.

Sapiens, written by Yuval Noah Herari, is about the origins of the human species, and its evolution up to the present.

When our ancestors were living in nomadic tribes, the childhood mortality rate was high. This brought down the average life span to somewhere in the 30’s. But not many 30-year-olds were dropping dead. It was obviously much harder to deal with traumatic injuries, but overall, people were not much less healthy than humans today.