History of Metal
I watched a very interesting video a couple days ago about the history of metal. Not heavy metal music but actual metal. The kind of stuff you get out of the ground, melt down and form into tools that you can use.
It turns out that the discovery of metal and the use of metal is one of the most pivotal events in human history. Once upon a time there was the Stone Age and this meant that people had stones and sticks and this is all they could use. They used these up past the beginning of the early societies at the Fertile Crescent, when the first glaciers of the last ice age receded.
At first this was a pretty happy-go-lucky time to be alive because there was so much easy food to get and there were so few people that people just kinda could get by by foraging. They could forage for the stuff they needed. They didn’t really need to use any tools. Then when the population started to grow.
Out Of Eden
That’s when they had to figure out how to specifically and consciously get a certain amount of food out of the ground. They could no longer live by forging alone. They actually had to plan and figure out how to get a specific type of food out of the ground over and over.
This is when they discovered the first metal. The first metal came from when they figured out how to mix tin and copper. Tin and copper back then were easy to find. It was a rock like anything else but it existed as an ore which meant they had to kind of smelt it, to take this ore and melt it down. Most people figure they discovered how to do this by accident.
Once they figured out how to mix copper and tin together they made bronze. This marked the end of the Stone Age in the beginning of the Bronze Age. What was interesting is how they used it and who used these first bronze tools.
By then there was already these small farming communities where people would kinda gather together and collectively grow food for their needs. There was maybe a couple few hundred people at these small farming communities but when the people that first discovered how to use bronze one of the first things they made with bronze was weapons.
They would take these weapons from farm to farm and they would say we’re going to come by at the end of every harvest you’re going to give us 10% of everything or we’re going to kill you. If you had a 10 guys with bronze swords versus human 20 or 30 or 50 guys with sticks and stones there is no way they could fight you.
You could easily kill them one by one with your bronze swords. This, for the first time, allowed a very small number of people to control a very large number of people. Once people figured out how to use tools this way that’s when the first society started to get bigger and bigger.
Give Me Your Stuff Or I’ll Kill You
The societies always since the dawn of time been formed basically the same way. The elites, the noble families, Kings, the people connected to God, these are really the people that have figured out how to control the use of technology. Specifically technology used as weapons to control the rest of the people.
This lasted for quite a while. This led to some very large societies and all of these ancient large societies were run the same way. The elites the nobles were on top and they used their restricted access to weapons and weapons technology to control everybody else and extract as much wealth as they could from everybody else.
Then around 1200 BC the system stopped working. There’s a lot of environmental things that happened. Nobody really knows for sure what happened and why and what sequence of the events was. But what did happen eventually was the carrying capacity of all these various kingdoms stopped being able to support so many people.
When you have a large kingdom with so many people and they start to realize there’s not going to be enough food coming out of the ground to feed everybody that’s when things kinda go off the rails and it collapses into anarchy.
Around 1200 BC, that’s when they have this thing called the Bronze Age collapse. When these first societies that started rising up because the elites could control the weapons and the elites could control the masses with these weapons, that system didn’t work anymore and that collapsed and there was about 800 years of dark ages.
The next society that rose up was the Greeks. The ideas that the Greeks discovered were much much different than this previous iteration of society. The Greeks came up with the ideas of democracy and the Republic, and philosophy and mathematics and geometry. All these ideas that they didn’t have before.
Greeks Version 2.0
If you look at the Roman Empire compared to the Greeks, the Roman Empire is essentially Greeks version 2.0. The Roman Empire was founded on basically the same ideas the Greeks had come up with but the Roman Empire was much more geographically situated to become an empire and they kind of advanced the weapons techniques that the Greeks had.
Also that Romans benefited from the fact that Alexander the great had previously come through and pretty much destroyed the Persian Empire. So the Romans had this area of the world the didn’t really have an empire. They had all these ideas from the Greeks and that’s what led them to create this massive empire.
Then when the Roman Empire collapsed that was the second dark ages which lasted until about the 1600s. The Enlightenment was essentially a rediscovering of these ancient Greek ideas. This ancient Greek philosophy and that’s what led to the enlightenment which essentially led to the society that we have now.
Two Dark Ages
It’s very very interesting that the society we have now, even though it’s so advanced, it really goes all the way back to the original Greeks which were the first societies that popped up after the Bronze Age collapse which was a collapse of the very very first societies that ever started.
Even though we can think of these old societies of kind of ancient history that doesn’t really have anything to do with our current society, we can kind of trace back the structure of our society all the way back to the very first people that figured out how to mix copper and tin to make bronze.
Essentially we run societies today the same way they ran them back then which is the elites are in charge. The elites have access to all the weapons and all the technology. They use this restricted access to weapons and technology to control everybody else.
Wealth Extraction Process
Even modern elites essentially make their riches by extracting wealth from everybody else. So even though we feel like we live in this massively advanced society, it’s very true that the more things change the more they stay the same.
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