Throughout human history technology has grown and evolved at a pace that is mind baffling. Human beings have existed in some form or another for about 7 million years. Most anthropologists agree that Sahalanthropus Tchadensis was the first human ancestor after our split from apes. My Geological history professor in college described this by saying “Imagine the history of the earth is a football field and one end zone is the beginning of the earth and the other end zone is now. The very first humans showed up at the 1/4″ Line.” That is the best visualization that I have been privy to. At that time, the peak of human technology, was foraging for edible bugs and plants, and hiding in trees. At roughly 3.4 million years ago there is evidence that humans were making and using fire. and at roughly 71,000 years we start to see evidence of the use of bow and arrows through stone blades found in South Africa. This is to say that at one point in time the hand drill for fire making was the pinnacle and that the bow and arrow was also, at one time the highest level of technology. For thousands of years human technology continued to improve, and with each step we evolved to be smarter, stronger, faster, and more versatile. It was this versatility that allowed humans to thrive throughout history. It is only in the last couple hundred years that technology has progressed to the point that we no longer seem to need nature. We can control our environments through air conditioning, heating, humidifiers, humidifiers, and many other creations. Now we have smart phones, so we don’t need to know anything any more, we can just look it up. When I was a child, i had to memorize every important phone number, and address. I had to remember the things that I learned in school. Now Everything that you could ever want to know is right at your finger tips.
It seems that this sort of progress would be mile stone for humanity. And, it is. We are at a point in time where depression and suicide are at all time highs. Mental health issues are the story of the day. We have millions of children on medications for mental health disorders, and cancer and obesity are running rampant. It seems to me that the reason that all of this is happening is because: Modern Human life does not work well for Humans. We have become very separated from one another and from the earth. We are lonely even though we spend all day with our “friends” on social media. Please believe that I am not decrying Smart phones or social media. Without them Future Necessities would not exist. What I am saying is that we need more. We need more connection to community, Human beings are by nature social creatures. throughout the history of our species we have always leaned on each other. In the villages of our ancestors, there were artisans making stone tools, and baskets, there were women who delivered babies, and there were hunters who fed the village. These people were not on their own, they were an integral part of their community. Everyone was needed and everyone played a role. This gave each person a sense of belonging, and a sense of self. They were connected to each other and they were connected to the earth.
Even as recently as the 1890’s average people still ha\d a very solid connection to the earth. They had spent the time to learn the plants and animals, and they had connected meaningfully to their surroundings. Even now we can see in the san bushmen of Southern Africa, such a strong connection to their place that they will act out the movements of an animal that they are tracking, leaping and pawing at the ground. For them it is simply a way to connect on an intimate enough level that they seem to know the animals thoughts before it even acts, and this is how they feed their families.
This type of connection is still possible for all of us. We can and must learn to be connected to our communities and to our wildness. We can still go to work, and play candy crush, but for our children’s and grand childrens sake. We must put forth the effort to relearn, and to rewild our lives. Take classes, play out side, sit under a tree and just watch what happens around you. There are organizations all over the country and the world that are aimed at helping people regain this connection. We do not do it to get rich, we do it out of passion. I love this world, and I love our species. It must be our goal, and our mission to strengthen our bonds to nature, and to wildness. This is how we save ourselves from mental illness, and this is how we can stop hating and killing each other. This planet is our home, Let’s show it some love. Let’s get wild…..