Recently I have been going to this book club every couple of weeks. It’s a nonfiction non-self-help book club. We read a lot of books, most of them lately have been economic books. The history of economic thought. Some history books.
One of the people that come and always contributes a lot to these discussions is this history professor. His big thing is that everybody should study history because if you don’t learn from history are going to repeat the same mistakes that people in history did.
He said one time, he told us the story of when he was young. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to study in college. He had to take a bunch of general requirements classes while he was trying to figure out what to do and one of them was a history class.
First Day Of Class
On the very first day of this general history class the professor told them this fantastic story. The story is kind of based on a kernel of truth. That is that the Neolithic Revolution happened about 10,000 years ago but it wasn’t until three or 4000 years after that that the first large societies were founded.
There’s not any kind of historical records for those first large societies. So there’s three or 4000 years before the first large societies were people lived in large societies, but we don’t have any records. It’s an interesting idea that every main culture has this idea of a mythical prototype archetypical society that came before them that they use is kind of their blueprint for their society.
For example in England they have the idea of Camelot and King Arthur. The Greeks had the idea of Atlantis. Northern Europeans had the idea of the gods and frequently a lot of these prototype cities were populated by gods and men.
They all have this idea of a problem of a very wise very powerful king. This king or queen knew the difference between might makes right and ruling by law. That kind of evolved very slowly. The way it evolved was these kings realized that they stood before a crowd of people and the people gave him a lot of attention and validation the king would start to make decisions that would not help the people but decisions that would increase their own power.
Might Makes Right
The wisest kings of history realized that when they started to make decisions that would benefit their own power it would always be at the expense of the people they were supposed to rule. They created a system where these powerful kings would always rule behind the scenes where nobody can ever see them.
The wise king would be the one making the decisions that these decisions would be kind of filtered through this group of aides and clerics and ministers and and academics that had the task of taking the data from society giving the information to this king.
This king would discuss what to do with his assistants and clerics and ministers and then they would kind of disseminate his decisions and this is where we get the idea of the rule of law being separate from any one individual. This is kind of a common theme in these archetypical prototype mythological cities.
It is interesting in that if you look at hunter gatherers they did ruled by a might makes right strategy. It seems that the large societies weren’t really stable enough to leave any history until they came up with this idea of the rule of law that was separate from any one individual.
It could be that that transition did take several thousand years because there is a large gap in the historical record between when the Neolithic resin revolution happened and when these first large societies started.
This professor is always telling us about the importance of history. He always references Mark Twain who famously said that history doesn’t repeat but history rhymes which means if you don’t understand the problems that happen before you won’t see the same problems coming now. But if you do understand the cycles of history if you do understand that every single post agricultural society has always collapsed and when they do collapsed usually clash with the same reasons.
See The End Coming
That means if you understand these reasons you can sort of predict when the collapse is going to happen. It might not be possible to stop the collapse from happening, but if you do make the decision to study history to understand these things to understand why collapses happen you can position yourself so you don’t suffer very much.
Every single time a society collapses there’s still the same people in the same place. It’s just that a lot of the ruling parties end up getting killed. The monetary system changes. If you have a lot of debt or if you don’t have a lot of resources you might end up starving to death.
The people that kind of see this coming, the people can kind of anticipate any kind of collapse coming, they tend to be the ones that make it through these collapses and come out even better on the other side.
One of the reasons I like this book club so much is we only focus on nonfiction non-self-help books. When we talk about these things like economics and history we almost always have something tangible to tie into this happening in the regular world.
Usually we have these interesting discussions, we have a discussion we go home and watch what’s on the news, we think about all that we talked about, we come back and we and we have an updated discussion based on what happened the previous week.
If you go to some kind of a fiction book club or a self-help book club you always end up talking about these kind of metaphysical imaginary things don’t really exist in the real world. Having a book club based on nonfiction non-self-help is a very good way to expose yourself to different ideas.
New Information To The Brain
At the very least I think everyone should read nonfiction on regular basis especially a little bit of nonfiction if it’s tied to history so you can understand what happened before. If you understand what happened before you can more easily predict what’s coming and get yourself ready for so no matter what comes in the future you will be prepared.
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