The Worst Mistake Of The Human Race By Jared Diamond

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It is typical of humans that we are divided over the most important event in our history, the viral spread of the practice of agriculture. It was in the minds of many, a gift from God, or at least, a stroke of incredible good fortune for our species. However, recently, a new opinion has grown in traction. Revisionist historians like decorated scientific author, Jared Diamond have spread the idea that the advent of agriculture has been the worst thing to ever happen to humans. Diamond is an awarded scientific author who wrote the most well known defense of revisionism, The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race. Diamond writes that, “With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.” These…show more content…
No step forward has ever been perfect; progress always means losing something important. However, for the human race, the benefits of agriculture have vastly outweighed the consequences. We suffer less than any other species on the planet and we have created incredible monuments and rich complex artwork. Our amazing achievements will preserved much longer than the life of our species. And we owe it all to Agriculture. The biggest problem with thinkers like Jared Diamond is that they employ the idea of the noble savage. In his mind the pre-agricultural world was eden. All the hunter-gatherer had to do was lean over to pick the bountiful fruit or grab one of the
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