12 comments on “Hello, My Name is Civilization, and I’m an Alcoholic

  1. Very interesting. I had never considered that alcohol may be the reason why people gave up hunter/gatherer lifestyles for farming. I figured it was due to a sudden climate change that forced them into it. Interesting thought. Thanks for posting.

    • Of course it all happened 5,000 years before written records, but I really doubt that farming would help them with a climate issue. moving would help, which would be easier for nomadic hunter gatherers. They must have dealt with lots of climate changes in a million years, and they learned to adapt their hunter gatherer lifestyle to every kind of climate on Earth, from the arctic tundra, to tropical rainforests.

  2. Thanks for another very strong essay. This one’s right up there with the Gilligan’s Island analysis & the Hitler’s Olympic Torch piece. I’m probably forgetting a few other good ones. There’s always plenty of discussion of “Mental Health” and “Addiction” with respect to individual persons. United States society has been excessively focused on individuality for a while.

    • Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I agree. They get us to overlook the real flaws of civilization by making us focus on being better people. that’s BS. We’re plenty good enough as we are, its civilization that’s killing us and the planet.

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