I have just finished reading an article in the December National Geographic magazine entitled “The Hadza”. The journalist had managed to arrange to go and spend some time with the Hadza hunter-gatherer people in Tanzania.
Just reading through the article got my imagination running. What would it be like to live totally off the land? Absolutely no worries other than food or safety. Granted, two VERY big worries, but when you live in a community that looks after each other (and most animals fearing humans) these worries don’t seem too large.
Quite the opposite seems true. If you know where to look for things, when you work together and don’t over do it on the consumtion side, life could work well.
However, the journalist does make some very good cons. Medical help is non-existent past berries and herbs, births would take place in bushes and infant mortality would be pretty high. But this would keep the human population down, thus saving the planet and all the other life forms a lot of pain, social problems would be eradicated, war would not take place, social disease would be minute and wealth (the root of all evil) would be meaningless. Sounds like heaven to me.
According to Jared Diamond, a UCLA professor and writer, turning from hunter-gatherer ti agriculture is nothing less than “the worst mistake in human history”. After Reading how the Hadza live, I agree with him!!! The Hadza don’t fight wars, as they have nothing to fight for. They share their hunts and berries. They have no hierachy at all, therefore no egos to stroke or positions to be envied, men and women have very defined roles, bur neither being more important than the other, no religious rules or Gods to kill for. I’m failing to see a single bad point in this type of living.
This way of life was there at the very beginning of mankind. It is what made us. It has served these people well since the dawn if our species. But unfortunately, I fear it won’t last. Modernity will creep in, arsehole selfish bastards will either force them from their land, change the land so they can’t live on it, or just plain exploit them in some way. Then this amazing people will vanish into modern slavery like the rest of us, but worse as we will look down on them.
I know that I’d never be able to live like this as I don’t have their knowledge and to give up my cushy life would be laughable, however, this doesn’t stop me wishing I’d been born into it or wishing the entire world would leave these people alone to live their perfect lifes in peace.
But, they have survived tens of thousands of years this way. Hopefully they’ll out live us too!