I have this kinda rough thinking space around mankind and evolution of convenience. Basically, there’s a precise point in history where the human race reached an ecologically sustainable balance point. Something as definite as a tuning fork vibrating at the exact speed to produce a frequency. At this point, Humans exist at the top of the food table. There is no want for anything more, and we are evolved beyond the point of having too little. I believe we hit this frequency point around 60,000 years ago, and the Aboriginal people maintained that balance for the period up until British invasion.
If you observe a timeline of the Aboriginal people, you begin to notice trends in survival running alongside a seemingly little changing technological space.
Aboriginal people survive on Tasmania for tens of thousands of years, all whilst a large part of the continent remains frozen and the temperature low.
6,000 years later, the ice caps melt, they bridge to Australia is lost, and they are deserted on Tasmania enduring all the very sudden hardships that come with essentially the end of an isolated ice age
There’s argument to be made that they’re still experiencing an ice age
Bone tools progress to wooden carved weapons such as the boomerang. Technology forms from necessity. And the inhabitants of Tasmania endure the environmental shift.
These stories of progression happen all throughout the Aboriginal history of Australia; Tribes on the coast construct multiple pronged spears to hunt for fish in the newly exposed bays and lakes, as a result of rising sea levels. There is a constant narrative of the environment shifting itself slowly, (as it has for the billions of years predating our existence) and the Aboriginal people responding in a way that is highly considered, holistic, and altruistic.
Look elsewhere and the timeline that develops.
- Agriculture develops to expand over large permanent areas, and food begins to hoard, out of convenience.
- Weapons are developed into stronger weapons, far outweighing their original purpose, for the convenience of killing easier.
- Canoes are developed into boats, to take more people and more things further places, out of convenience.
- Set languages are formed for the convenience of uniformity.
- Things are recorded, numerical systems are created, history is formed, at the convenience of memory.
All these timelines lead to some our our greatest accomplishments of the modern day. A car is nothing more than convenience of travel. Fast food is the convenience of an entire system of farming and slaughtering. However the balance has lost its kilter, and now with cars we get immense pollution, and with such expansive farming, we’re experiencing severe ecological destruction by droughts and erosion. We gain and we lose.
I feel as if the Aboriginal people rarely reached that gain vs. loss level. A large part which is due to their origins of the Dreaming. Mankind are simply the maintainers of this amazing world. As a result, we sit at the top of the food table, however that responsibility directly translates to responsibility, not power. We can track and eat the other inhabitants in the world, though not excessively, because their place is a rigid supporting structure to another pillar of the ecosystem. We can share this particular environment, however shortly we must move, to allow it to regrow and recycle for the next time we may need it’s use. It’s ultimate synergy. And it’s a large part of the reason why I believe the Aboriginal people’s bizarrely criticised ’failure to develop’ only reflects their ABSOLUTE knowledge of the world they live on. Only until very very recently have we learnt the actual power of an ecosystem, however it seems that once again the Aboriginal people, and their scientific rooted knowledge of the Dreamtime, figured it out tens and tens and tens of thousands of years ago.
Here’s a thought to finish on. Assuming there’s intelligent life on other planets, why haven’t they contacted us yet? Surely, in all the solar systems in all the galaxies there has to be a race technologically advanced enough to make contact with us?
Consider this; advanced technology seems to need large amounts of fuel and energy to function, which most races would find on their own planet [first]. In order to farm these fuels, some natural resources must be destroyed in the process. It’s the law of equal and opposite reaction. So assuming a race develops the technology to travel LARGE distances in space, or transmit communications, you have to assume they’re at a very delicate apex in their history where they have to technology to perform these functions, and haven’t ruined their own planet in doing so. Now, that /their VERY precise moment in cosmic history, has to align perfectly with our own. They must have the means to contact us, in the exact moment that we can consciously receive the message, or even exist as a ‘human race’ on earth. Remember, modern society as we know it was only formed a few thousand years ago, which is a bee’s dick on the cosmic timeline.
If the far left end of the bar marks 18 billions years ago,
- 1.1 Alien race gains sentience
- 1.2 Begins forming tools and successive technologies
- 1.3 Technology overtakes the conservation of planet – exhausts planetary resources to the point of extinction, or technology causes catastrophic planetary effects (much as we experiencing with global warming) All before alternative planet with near exact precise ecology is found. Alien race becomes extinct.
- 2.1 Our own human race gains sentience
- 2.2 This exact moment in time with all our current technologies
You can see how exactly these need to align.
SO… perhaps there’s been hundreds of forms of intelligent life that all at one point had the means to contact us, however all experienced a single recurring constant factor— a great of filter of sorts (technology) which lead to their premature demise.
Therefore, maybe the Aboriginals really held the secret to existence. Their structures, systems and thinking all reflected conservation. Their relationship with the globe existed as it should; Inhabitants and conservationists, not owners. Their mission was to uphold the systems of ecology, and they did so with ultimate results for 120,000 years.
Oh, and now imagine that entire system was taken away, stripped bare and reduced to nursery-rhyme-type fables, and replaced with something you know at your core is entirely destructive.
Pioneers of intergalactic space conservation