Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
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This was one of the key points that really blew my mind - we have romanticized the agricultural revolution as a major step in human civilization (which it was), but we have never actually been taught to appreciate the toil it took on the average commoner, and how it might actually have been a major step backward for them. Learning this was a major step in helping me appreciate history much better and not taking the toll of human progress lightly.
In the modern world, we measure ourselves not against our peers, but against the imaginary images we see on television and billboards.
Humans rights is an imaginary concept. (flames coming)
For all our modern disdain of money and capitalism and yearning for tribal trust, these are actually the most effective systems of trust ever developed.
Never admit that the order is imagined.
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Minute Inc. 2017