Time: September 11, 2018
It was a conversation on a flight returning to Dubai two years ago. I was exhausted and dreaming of a pillow as we boarded. Nothing would have changed my mind about a deep sleep, were it for the cover of a book that a passenger near me had.
The scientific revolution which prospered in Europe made the elite braver and more capable of acknowledging its ignorance
History of sapiens
Large number of people can co-exist and integrate after believing in a common legend or narrative. Do not ever underestimate masses when they adopt a specific narrative. History’s path in any part of the world can change just thanks to one complete story that the group adopts. The imagined reality is not a lie after the masses believe it!
No one can end the reader’s passion in a book he just finished as even the hostess who brought dinner and gently smiled inspired Steven to talk about 10,000 B.C. noting that it’s a good time to shift the conversation from the topic about the moment when our grandparents began using their imagination to the moment when agricultural technologies synchronously spread throughout the world.
Another passenger joined the conversation. He smiled and said: “10,000 years ago, people were less private but they were not as lonely as they are today.”
After the agricultural revolution and the imagination’s enrichment of human knowledge, people began to ask more questions and the individual thus gradually transitioned from individualism to the group until the scientific revolution 1,500 years ago.
The scientific revolution which prospered in Europe made the elite braver and more capable of acknowledging its ignorance. The fruit of knowledge is modesty; hence, the elite became more capable of looking and searching for answers although they stopped viewing answers as final.
The second passenger who joined the conversation asked Steven about happiness and what the opinion of the author whom he’s defending his ideas is. The question came at the right time as we were halfway through and Steven had not yet made it to the 19th century during this conversation that deprived me from the chance to sleep.
Nothing interrupted Steven except the captain as he asked us to fasten our seatbelts because there was turbulence. I expected him to rest a little but intellectuals do not miss chances like this.
Man’s history is wondrous and its development is even more wondrous. If it hadn’t been for imagination, innovation and search, humans would not have been distinguished from the rest of the species.