The Dawn of Everything by Graeber and Wengrow
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow (2021) is a long, complex, amazing, and revelatory book, using the latest archaeological discoveries and a willingness to revisit old historical tropes to give us a completely new, and much more complex view of humanity, its history, and its possible future. I’m only halfway through it, but I think I can already rate it as one of the most important books I’ve ever read.
It occurred to me this morning that modern medicine and alternative health options are similar. Much less is known today about how the human mind, spirit, and body (one entity, in my mind) function, or don’t, and what can be done to promote healing in the latter case, than will probably be known in the future, or perhaps was known in the past by non-Western traditions.
Our beliefs in both areas – history and health – are as incomplete and incorrect as today’s major media news. The truth, both more complex and more potentially liberatory, is definitely worth pursuing, even if any one of us will never comprehend it all…