I know, I know, awfully late, I don’t know why, I’ve been pretty much jobless the whole month, didn’t even go anywhere. 😦
“With the rise of chiefdoms around 7500 years ago, people had to learn, for the first time in history, how to encounter strangers regularly without attempting to kill them.”
–Jared Diamond in “Guns,Germs and Steel”
Note: The same discussion continues for a few pages and yields another little gem:
“Besides justifiying the transfer of wealth to kleptocrats, institutionalized religion brings two other important benefits to centralized societies.”
(As you may have guessed, one is that you don’t kill random people and the other is that you don’t mind dying in battle “for God”, or country)
PS: Listening to Billy Liar by The Decemberists on repeat, as I’ve been doing for the last couple of days or so. Hell, the whole album, really. Does somebody have The Crane Wife?