Pre-industrial lifestyles were much less invasive to nature. They allowed for more leisure time and enabled man to follow nature’s course. Isn’t it time to reset our lifestyles and be more attuned the natural cycle of living?
For many generations now, we have been trying to harness nature to our liking, depleting its non-renewable resources and modifying natural living patterns to satisfy capitalist and material needs.
Yet in previous ages, from the Paleolithic and Neolithic to pre-industrial Agrarian communities, human culture did little or no significant damage to nature. Man’s life was dictated by it.
Earlier cultures depended on the migration of beasts and wild game for their sustenance, or lived nomadic lifestyles.
This allowed them to consume resources in a small area before moving to another location, returning only a few years after on the same spot to allow regeneration of its resources.
Such cycles were sustainable. They did not do any drastic damage to an area’s ecosystem.
However, the advent of agriculture allowed humans to settle down and manipulate (though to a safe extent) their surroundings. We started raising livestock, selecting edible plants and sorting them for their desirable traits.
Staying in one place for long periods made way for curiosity. To counter idleness, some individuals became artisans or craftsmen. Others continued their usual gathering of produce and the spreading of “stories”—the birth of culture as we know it.
Still, such activities had no outward effect on nature. The pace of early human society was generally eco-friendly. Man worked as long as there was light and for as long as necessary.
On the other hand, industrial workers of a later era were made to work longer than what was natural and amidst unhealthy conditions.
Whereas the very earliest manmade products were mostly organic, they soon gave way to the predominantly synthetic components of modern-day products, such as plastics and preservatives.
Convinced that we “need” non-essential material things or processed foods, we tend to neglect to consider the damaging carbon footprint it leaves behind.
Must we continue to live against the environment? Doesn’t it make more sense to live naturally and allow nature to take over the course of our lives, taking only what is essential and necessary?
The pursuit of lifestyles and diets attuned with nature, sustainable and more organic, is what Paleo living is all about.
Originally contributed to CavemenTimes by AndrewJ.
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