Man Didn’t Think Up Civilization; It Just Happened
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The progression from tribal to agricultural life increased the possible number of societal roles. In agrarian society, not everyone needed to hunt, people found other ways to give value and offered their products/services for trade. The roles of farmer, baker, blacksmith, teacher, tailor, etc were all made available by trade. Then, as each successive paradigm shift (currency, electricity, etc) came, societal roles became more specialized.
Alongside hyper specialization, modern society has become inconceivably complex, to the point that no single person can understand all of it. We cannot look to a single human being for guidance in fields such as modern monetary theory, industrial wastewater treatment, and antibiotic development because a well roundedness in these fields will not equip one to make top-level decisions. In order for each segment of society to thrive, not only do experts need to work within their respective fields, but also policy makers who are experts in these fields are needed.
Because we cannot look to one single leader or council to guide the evolution of modern society, we have left the decision making to decentralized groups. Each group that sets the standards for their respective industry has its own priorities/agenda. Thus, modern society marches forward blindly, to the beat of numerous different drummers. While some groups’ ideas of progress are in contention with one another, modern society generally advances homogeneously. We are collectively moving towards longer life expectancy, improved standards of living, more tolerance for differing viewpoints, and accelerating technological advancement.
I like to think that each individual contributor carves out a step in a giant mountain staircase. There’s an opportunity for everyone to make a greater contribution to the stairway. A contribution that transcends family/friends and allows the next generation to take your path and carve out another step beyond yours.
Not everybody will carve out a step, however. Only 17.8% of people will make contributions in their life that move society incrementally forward.